JUPITER, Fla. -- Jim Edmonds' status remains an unknown for the Cardinals, five days before infielders and outfielders are scheduled to report to Roger Dean Stadium for Spring Training.
Edmonds, who recently agreed to a Minor League contract with St. Louis, is recuperating from surgery on his left Achilles' tendon. He has yet to undergo a physical for the club, and until he does, his situation remains a question for the Redbirds.
"I think it's coming down to just the health," manager Tony La Russa said on Sunday. "He had the surgery. I haven't talked to him in the last few days, but I know that the last time I talked to him, he was hobbled. ... I think it's health-driven, at this point."
Edmonds will try to make the Cardinals as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. But if he isn't healthy, it would obviously compromise his chances of making the team. Asked if there might be a middle ground for Edmonds, such as staying in Florida to rehab after the season starts or going to extended Spring Training, La Russa said even that much was unclear to him.
"I don't know," he said. "I think you've just got to see when he's available to show what he can do. And then you start figuring. The last time I heard, he was still not [fully healthy]."