CINCINNATI -- For Jim Edmonds and Cardinals fans, Monday marked nothing but good news.
Two pieces of good news, to be exact.
First, Edmonds originally was scheduled to fly back to St. Louis after Sunday's game against the Devil Rays to be examined by team physicians. But because his ribs were feeling better, that trip was cancelled, he said.
And in case his word isn't good enough, the second bit of news proves it.
Edmonds took a full round of batting practice before Monday's game against Cincinnati for the first time since being pulled from the lineup more than a week ago. Though there was some grimacing, he said things are definitely improving.
"They're all right," he said of his ribs. "I think we're just a couple days away for [the pain] to be enough to tolerate. It's not really rubbing as much as it was, and some of the sharp pain has gone away.
"This is really day-to-day. Each day, I come in and just try to do a little more. I mean, two days ago I took six swings, and that's about all I could take. And yesterday I took almost a full round of BP, and it was painful. But tomorrow I could come in and take a couple Advil and be OK to play, or it could be another couple days after that."
The trip Edmonds had considered taking back to St. Louis was just precautionary, head trainer Barry Weinberg said. But with things improving, there wasn't much sense in sending him home.
"If he wasn't getting any better, we wanted to see what we were missing," Weinberg said. "If he was going the opposite way, then we'd have to see. But he isn't.
"He felt a little better [Sunday] by the time the game was over. And between Tony [La Russa] and myself, we decided to hang with him for three days and have him take some swings. He's going to increase his activity and see how he does."
Edmonds was listed as "available" before Monday's game, but it was doubtful he'd see action in the game.
Reggie returns: For the second time this season, Reggie Sanders returned to Cincinnati, his first Major League home.
Sanders never suited up in a home uniform in Great American Ball Park, but he fondly remembers old Riverfront, where he spent his first seven seasons in the big leagues.
"It brings back a lot of memories," he said, "even though it is a different stadium. But I'm kind of biased, because Riverfront was my first home. For me, it's one of those places that I love going to. But I guess you have to bring in the new, too."
Sanders made his homecoming known, though. In the third inning, he doubled in the Cardinals' first run of the game and drove in two more with a home run in the fifth.
Scott Rolen / 3B
Weight: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Easing Rolen: Scott Rolen was back in the lineup Monday against the Reds after sitting out Sunday's game.
This will be Rolen's second appearance since coming off the disabled list. He is expected to start Tuesday's game as well before sitting Wednesday's day game, he said.
Walker scratched: Just minutes before Monday's game against the Reds, Larry Walker was scratched with stiffness in his neck. There wasn't any word on how long Walker would be out.
Today in Busch history: In 1986, La Russa was released as the White Sox's manager. He spent less than a month out of work, though, as the A's hired him only weeks after. Nine seasons later, he joined the Cardinals. Since leaving Chicago, he has earned league Manager of the Year three times and once earned Major League Manager of the Year. He sits fourth all-time in wins as a manager.
Baby 'Birds: Bill Pulsipher pitched eight innings of one-run baseball Sunday, but it wasn't enough as the Redbirds fell to Albuquerque, 1-0. The Redbirds' bats were stymied -- the team collected just three hits on the night. Raul Gonzalez was the only player to reach base twice for Memphis.
Also in action on Father's Day were the Springfield Cardinals, losers of a one-run game to Tulsa. The Cardinals' bullpen pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, taking the game into the 12th inning, before Aaron Herr's error allowed Tulsa to shut the door, 5-4.
Coming up: The Cardinals continue their series against the Reds on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Jason Marquis, who has faced the Reds twice already this season, beating them both times, will be on the mound.
Kyle Jepson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.