Running and swinging a bat both have caused particular discomfort for Edmonds, who has one start since Aug. 15. It appears the club is tacitly acknowledging that his condition may not allow him to play at all anytime soon.
"He hasn't been cleared," said manager Tony La Russa. "He hasn't had the workouts that would clear him to go, where he works out and feels good. If all of a sudden he has a major improvement, get him on a plane and send him over there. He's not on the disabled list."
Wilson rolling: Preston Wilson got a night off on Saturday, but the outfielder has been a tremendous find thus far for the Cardinals. In 12 games, he's recorded six extra-base hits, eight RBIs and nine runs, slugging a robust .565. Wilson went deep nine times in 102 games with the Astros.
"There's a guy that during the offseason, he was one of the guys that was on our list," La Russa said. "He went into Washington last year and hit home runs when nobody else was doing it as well. We've always liked him."
Wilson has played his way into more at-bats than might have been expected when he was acquired. He's essentially become the primary right fielder while Edmonds is out, with Juan Encarnacion moving to center.
"There's an opportunity there because Jim Edmonds is not playing," La Russa said. "But we have other alternatives, and he's played well enough to where, except for tonight, he's gotten quite a few starts. And it was not easy to sit him tonight."
Schumaker solid: Skip Schumaker kept up his remarkable pace for Team USA in Olympic qualifying on Friday. Schumaker went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, three runs scored and a walk. He's batting .440 in the tournament in Havana, Cuba.
This date in Cardinals history: On Sept. 2, 1926, the Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Cubs, 2-0 and 9-1, stretching their lead to two full games over second-place Cincinnati. Hall of Famer Pete Alexander picked up the win in the opener. The Cards went on to win the National League pennant and their first World Series title. Thanks to Project Retrosheet (www.retrosheet.org) for the information.
Baby 'birds: Alan Benes allowed four runs, but only one earned, in six innings for the loss as Triple-A Memphis fell to New Orleans, 4-3, on Friday. ... Double-A Springfield benefited from seven Arkansas errors in a 17-2 win. Juan Richardson, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Gabe Johnson all hit home runs. Blake Hawksworth pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts and one walk. ... Class A Palm Beach inched closer to a playoff berth with a 10-6 comeback win over Jupiter. Randy Roth went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. ... Class A Quad Cities secured a playoff bid with a 2-1 win over Burlington and No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar. Tyler Norrick pitched six shutout innings, while Tyler Greene and Jose Martinez each hit a solo homer. ... Donovan Solano reached base three times and drove in two runs in short-season State College's 14-3 loss to Batavia. ... Rookie-level Johnson City is done for the season.
Norrick is the player of the day for pitching his team into the playoffs. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three, allowing just two hits. He was the Cards' sixth-round pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft out of Southern Illinois.
Coming up: Anthony Reyes (4-6, 4.73 ERA) will return to the rotation once again for the finale of the Cards' nine-game homestand. He'll face off against Pittsburgh's Ian Snell (12-8, 4.70), with first pitch scheduled for 1:15 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium.