Edmonds yet to appear at camp, take physical

Edmonds yet to appear at camp, take physical

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jim Edmonds is scheduled to speak with the Cardinals' medical staff at some point on Monday or Tuesday morning, but an arrival date for the outfielder remains elusive.

Edmonds, a star with the Cards from 2000-07, recently agreed to a Minor League deal with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. However, he is recuperating from January surgery on his left Achilles' tendon, and he has not undergone a physical exam with the Cardinals.

"I finally did speak with him [Sunday] night," general manager John Mozeliak said, "and right now we're going to have him speak with our doctor here in the next 24 hours and try to set up a time and really get to see how he's feeling. And then depending on how that call goes, that will lead to the next step."

It has become clear that whenever (and whether) Edmonds does arrive at camp, he will be behind other players. Manager Tony La Russa said Monday that hitting coach Mark McGwire had seen Edmonds recently, and that Edmonds still is far short of normal mobility.

"He was still not walking around briskly," La Russa said. "So I don't think he's really close."

As a result, it would seem to be difficult for Edmonds to compete fairly for a roster spot. Thus, it's possible that the eight-time Gold Glove winner could remain in Florida after the Cardinals break camp, participating in a rehab program or extended Spring Training.

"We'd be open to that," Mozeliak said.