Cards expect Edmonds to land on DL

Cards expect Edmonds to land on DL

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals still aren't entirely sure what's bothering Jim Edmonds, but they are preparing to do without him for a while.

Manager Tony La Russa said after Wednesday's win over the Astros that the club expects to place Edmonds on the 15-day disabled list prior to its game Friday night against the Cubs. Edmonds last played on Sunday against the Padres, so the DL move could be backdated to then. His last start came Friday in San Diego.

"I'd be surprised if he's on the active list come Friday," La Russa said.

Following the game Wednesday, Edmonds went to be examined by Dr. Michael Brunt, a specialist in sports hernias. Edmonds has been bothered for several days by pain in the lower abdominal-groin region, and some other possibilities have been ruled out.

According to a Cardinals spokesperson, Edmonds was diagnosed with a mild to moderate abdominal wall strain. The center fielder is listed as day to day for the time being, and he will be re-evaluated on Friday.

An MRI exam previously taken did not indicate a sports hernia, but Dr. George Paletta explained that often a sports hernia can exist but not appear on an MRI.

"The question is whether he's got a sports hernia or not," Paletta said. "That's a problem that obviously is outside the realm of expertise of an orthopedist, so he's seeing one of our general surgical consultants who sort of specializes in that. He's seen a lot of hockey players and treats a lot of those guys."

Over the weekend, it was mentioned as a possibility that Edmonds might have an infection or inflammation of lymph nodes in his lower abdomen, but Paletta said that even if such a condition exists, it is not the reason for the pain that is bothering Edmonds.

At this point, signs would seem to point to some sort of hernia diagnosis, but the hope is that that condition is ruled out.

"The best-case scenario is probably that they don't consider this a sports hernia, that there is no consideration that he would even need any surgical treatment at all and that we treat him with some rehabilitation and get him well," Paletta said.

"The worst-case scenario obviously would be that he is determined or deemed to have a significant sports hernia, that it doesn't respond to non-surgical treatment and that he needs an operation. But without a specific diagnosis, that's all conjecture and that's all guessing by this point."

A sports hernia consists of a weakening, or in more serious cases, tearing of muscles or tendons in the lower abdominal wall.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.