ST. LOUIS -- Five days after ensuring his financial
security, Jim Edmonds shored up his long-term health as well.
The St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder on Wednesday underwent
arthroscopic surgery on his balky right shoulder. The injury
clearly impacted the 36-year-old Edmonds throughout much of the
Dr. George Paletta, who operated on Edmonds' left shoulder in
2003, performed the procedure.
Edmonds will begin rehabilitation within one week and is
expected to make a complete recovery by Opening Day.
One of the premier defensive center fielders of his generation,
Edmonds signed a two-year contract extension worth $19 million last Friday that
will keep him with the defending World Series champion Cardinals
Limited to just 110 regular-season games last season, Edmonds
hit .257 with 19 homers and 70 RBI. In seven seasons with the
Cardinals, he has a .288 average with 229 home runs, placing him
fourth on the team's all-time list.
Edmonds batted .250 with two homers and 10 RBI in the playoffs,
driving in four runs in both the National League Championship
Series and the World Series.
Edmonds has a .289 lifetime batting average with 350 home runs
and 1,068 RBI in 1,697 career games with Anaheim and St. Louis.
He is a four-time All-Star, an eight-time Gold Glove Award
winner and finished in the top five in MVP voting in 2000 and