Edmonds undergoes toe surgery

Edmonds undergoes toe surgery

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Gold Glove center fielder Jim Edmonds underwent surgery to correct what the club called a "hammer toe" condition in the second toe of his left foot.

Dr. Bob Anderson performed the surgery in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. According to a release from the team, Edmonds is "expected to make a complete recovery by Opening Day."

Edmonds, 36, was bothered by significant pain in his foot at the end of the regular season and throughout the postseason. He received numerous cortisone injections to ease the pain. After the season ended, the hope was that rest would correct the condition.

However, that plan apparently didn't fully take, so Edmonds underwent the procedure to aid his recovery.

Edmonds signed a new two-year contract with St. Louis in November, extending his tenure as the dean of the active roster. He has played for the Cardinals since 2000. In 14 big-league seasons, he's a lifetime .289 hitter with a .382 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and 350 home runs. Edmonds is an eight-time Gold Glove winner, tied for sixth all-time among outfielders.

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