Edmonds Reds Career

Newly acquired Reds center fielder Jim Edmonds was placed Tuesday on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, The Associated Press reported.

Edmonds left Monday’s game in San Francisco after hurting himself on a swing follow-through in the top of the sixth inning. And, I am quite sure it was a swing and a miss.

“This has been an ongoing deal. It’s been sore the last week, two weeks,” Edmonds told reporters after the game. “Not playing much, I thought it was going to get better. I guess it have me a false sense of security.”

Reds GM Walt Jocketty told The Associated Press he expects Edmonds to return in 2-3 weeks.

Edmonds was traded from Milwaukee to Cincinnati on Aug. 9. In nine games with the Reds, the veteran center fielder is batting .136 with one home run and one RBI.

Please Walt, put this guy out to pasture. He is 40 and can’t be healthy with a strained oblique for the rest of the season. Let’s look at his stat line for the Reds.
Games AB Runs Hits 2b HR RBI K BA
9 22 2 3 2 1 3 5 .136
So, thats the production we received for a young lefthanded outfielder. Thanks Jim, we appreciate.

Now, lets get to the roster spot. We brought SS/2B Chris Valaika from the Louisville Bats. That leaves us with 5 outfielders on the major league roster, one, Laynce Nix has a minor injury and probably can only pinch hit for a 3-5 days. Anyway, if the Reds are looking for a new outfielder, I thought I would help expedite the process. I took a look at all the former Cardinal outfielders that are available or could be available for the right price. So, here is my wishlist.

1. Ray Lankford, he hit .256 and hit 26 hrs in 2000. He became eligible for the baseball Hall of Fame this year and got zero votes.

2. Reggie Sanders, this former Red and Cardinal hit ten homeruns for every team he played for, eight in all. He is currently a used car salesman or something.

3. Larry Walker, he is currently a spring training minor league instructor for the Cardinals. That bodes well for him in a return to baseball.

4. So Taguchi, he is currently with Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese baseball league but why not trade for him. I think maybe a Chris Heisey or Yonder Alonso would reel him in. He was the first Japanese player to win two world series.

5. Juan Encarnacion, this former Red and Cardinal helped win a world series for the Cards in 2006. He did suffer a career eye ending injury in 2007 by getting hit by a foul ball but that was three years ago. Maybe some Kareem Abdul Jabbar goggles and some Croakies and he could probably still hit .136 like Edmonds.

I will email this list promptly to Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker. Hopefully, we can get one these former Cardinals that will help us win the NL Central and give up another young player!!!