Edmonds homers in return from concussion effects

Updated: September 25, 2006, 10:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, sidelined more than a month with post-concussion syndrome, hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer on Monday night in his first at-bat since Aug. 26.

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Edmonds, batting .262 with 19 homers and 68 RBI, was cleared to play earlier Monday. He has made one start since Aug. 15 due to headaches, nausea, dizziness and blurred vision.

He sustained a concussion in June when he crashed into a wall in Chicago in a game against the White Sox while trying to rob Joe Crede of a home run.

Edmonds hit an 0-1 pitch from Mike Thompson over the wall in right-center to tie the game against the San Diego Padres 5-all in the fourth. It was his third career pinch homer and second this season.

"I'm ready to play, that's what I've been told," Edmonds said before the game. "I'm here to do what needs to be done."

Edmonds did not accompany the team on a 1-7 trip because of concerns about what effect flying would have on his condition. He worked out in St. Louis instead.

"The doctor said he definitely didn't want me flying," Edmonds said. "I did everything I was supposed to do -- I worked out, I hit and I ran, and I played catch."

Trainer Barry Weinberg said shortstop David Eckstein, who strained his left hamstring on Sunday, might be able to play this weekend.

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