Edmonds has shoulder surgery, will be ready by spring
ST. LOUIS -- Five days after ensuring his financial security, Jim Edmonds shored up his long-term health as well.
St. Louis Cardinals
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 2006 season.
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 through 2008.
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 2004.