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Kinney's shoulder passes the test

Bullpen hopeful Josh Kinney has no major issues with his shoulder, the Cardinals say an MRI revealed.

Kinney, who has struggled to get back to the majors after injuring himself in spring training three years ago, reported soreness in his pitching shoulder last week and had it examined. But doctors said it is structurally fine, according to an report, and he was given a cortisone shot to ease the pain.

Kinney was lights out in October 2006 and a key cog in the Birds' World Series winning club. But first he tore a ligament in his elbow and had to have Tommy John surgery. Then he broke his arm while on the rehab trail.

Finally healthy at the end of the 2008 season, Kenny pitched in the minors at the end of the season in anticipation of being ready to go in 2009. But last year he struggled with his control and quickly found himself back in the minors.

With his arm finally sound, Kinney started the 2009 campaign with the big club. But he struggled with his control and wound up in Class AAA Memphis. Sometimes after Tommy John surgery it takes a while for a pitcher to get his mechanics and his touch back. So there is reason to believe this might be the season in which Josh Kinney once again pitches like Josh Kinney.