Edmonds tests calf in Minors game
Padres center fielder still aiming for Opening Day return
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Don't pencil center fielder Jim Edmonds out of the Opening Day lineup just yet.
Edmonds said on Wednesday morning that he planned to test his strained right calf in Minor League games between now and the regular-season opener at PETCO Park on March 31 against the Astros.
"It's getting better. I've been running and doing everything," Edmonds said. "I know I'm going to try and get in as many [Minor League] games as I can in the next five days and get as many at-bats as I can."
True to his word, Edmonds appeared in a Minor League game on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run. He didn't play in the field.
Edmonds, who injured his calf on March 6 and hasn't played since, said he would likely remain behind in Arizona to play in any remaining Minor League games instead of joining the team for their weekend exhibition games against the Angels.
But Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday that it was "good he got into a game" but that the Padres are "still going to evaluate" Edmonds status for Opening Day is still "doubtful" as Black put it.
Edmonds thought his calf was making significant progress before suffering a setback of sorts earlier this week.
"The other day, I did [think he was turning the corner on the injury] then it was a little swollen, so I've had a little bit of tightness," he said.
Black said that the Padres are fortunate that Edmonds' injury occurred as early as it did in camp. If Edmonds does go on the disabled list, the move would be retroactive to allow him to be eligible to come off the DL on April 5, meaning he would miss five games.
"It's a minor setback, we're lucky it didn't happen early in the spring," Black said. "I'm sure there's some frustration on Jim's part. He had a great winter. He was really excited about the season."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.