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Edmonds homers in return from concussion effects

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.

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.