Notes: Edmonds could sit a while
Center fielder doing little better with post-concussion syndrome
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds is scarcely any better than he was a week ago, and it's now at least a consideration that the Cardinals center fielder may sit out for an extended period of time. Edmonds' post-concussion syndrome remains a major problem. The outfielder has started once since he first felt dizzy on Aug. 15.
"Basically, I'm trying to do what I can do until we figure out what's going on," Edmonds said Tuesday. "Other than that, having a meeting with the doctors is basically all I did.
"We're going to get together and have a conversation about what to do as far as seeing how far along I was or seeing if it was worth shutting me down for a while. I really don't know anything more than that."
Manager Tony La Russa had hoped to play Edmonds on Wednesday night against the Marlins, but that plan is very much in doubt.
"I don't know if he's going to be available or not," La Russa said. "I know there's a question."
Edmonds showed some improvement last week, enabling him to make a start on Friday at home against the Cubs. But overall, his condition is little better than when it first began to bother him.
"Every day is different," he said. "Some days I'll wake up with a nasty headache. Some days I'll wake up not feeling too bad. Depending on how that day starts is usually how it ends."
While the Cards' field staff would obviously like to have the eight-time Gold Glover back in action, the medical staff is preaching caution. Post-concussion syndrome has sidelined Milwaukee's Corey Koskie since early July, and likely will keep Giants catcher Mike Matheny out for the year.
A number of prominent hockey and football players have had their careers ultimately cut short by the condition, including NFL wide receiver Al Toon and star NHL defenseman Scott Stevens. It is clearly not something to be taken lightly.
"I obviously want to play," Edmonds said. "I'm not getting any read on that. I'm getting the doctor telling me to be careful, and he said he would do anything it took to make sure I was doing the right thing. Whether he had to have meetings with the front office, meetings with the manager, whoever, just to make sure that they understood the severity of it."
One year later: The Cardinals carried an in-stadium announcement on Tuesday in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The video board in right field showed a message from Habitat for Humanity and solicited donations at 1-800-HABITAT.
Molina makes progress: Yadier Molina, dealing with muscle soreness in his throwing elbow, made progress over the past two days and was considered more available Tuesday than he had been over the weekend. Gary Bennett started once again at catcher, but Molina was upgraded slightly from his previous emergency-only status.
Molina visited with head team physician Dr. George Paletta on Tuesday, and Paletta was pleased with what he saw.
"He said everything is all right," Molina said Tuesday afternoon. "Hopefully in a couple days I can play. I'll be ready for tonight, just in case."
Molina has been playing catch from about 60-70 feet. On Wednesday, he expects to attempt throwing with 100 percent effort, which should give a better read as to his readiness.
Fast starters: If it seems that the Cardinals have had trouble doing damage against other teams' bullpens, the perception is accurate. St. Louis has been one of the National League's best teams offensively against opponents' starting pitching, and one of the worst against other teams' relievers.
When the opponent's starter is in the game, Cardinals batters have hit .284 with a .350 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage -- adding up to an .801 OPS. The batting average and OBP are both best in the NL, while the SLG ranks sixth in the league and the OPS is fourth.
However, once the relievers come in the game, the numbers change. The Cardinals are batting .255 against relievers (eighth in the NL) with a .326 OBP (11th), .398 SLG (10th) and .724 OPS (12th).
Move in the offing? As the Cardinals look ahead to September callups, as well as a potential postseason roster, several roster moves may take place in the coming days. The first could well come Thursday. The club may briefly option a pitcher to the Minors in order to have 14 position players on the roster -- the most likely desired breakdown for a playoff roster.
Once September callups begin, the Cards expect to add a few players. La Russa said he expects that at least one player not currently on the 40-man roster may be added. He would not name anyone in particular, but left-handed reliever Matt Perisho might be an intriguing option.
One player not expected to be called up is Junior Spivey.
"I don't think he's had the kind of year that you would reward him with a trip to the big leagues," La Russa said.
Team USA: Skip Schumaker singled and scored a run for Team USA on Tuesday in a 5-2 win over Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying in Havana, Cuba. Team USA has one game remaining in pool play before advancing to the second round.
This date in Cardinals history: Ray Washburn gave the Cardinals their second straight shutout on Aug. 29, 1968, going the distance in a 5-0 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Lou Brock singled, walked four times, stole four bases and scored twice.
Baby 'Birds: It was a rough night all around for Memphis, which lost to Round Rock, 9-3, on Monday. Dennis Tankersley allowed six runs in five innings. ... Blake Hawksworth pitched a decent game (six innings, five hits, four runs -- three earned -- two strikeouts and one walk) but didn't get a decision as Double-A Springfield lost to Wichita, 7-4. Travis Hanson had three hits, including a home run, and Brendan Ryan went 2-for-4. ... Class A Palm Beach swept a doubleheader against St. Lucie, 6-2 and 4-1. Mitchell Boggs allowed a run in five innings, with five strikeouts and one walk. ... Class A Quad Cities was rained out against Kane County. ... Short-season State College lost the opener of a doubleheader, 8-7, before Game 2 was suspended due to rain. Matt Wilkerson went 3-for-4. ... Christian Lopez had a 3-for-4 day for rookie-level Johnson City, which lost to Bluefield, 11-9.
The player of the day is Hanson, who has found the going rough even since he was sent down to Double-A. On Monday, he smacked a two-run, eighth-inning homer to tie the game and force extra innings. Hanson also had a pair of singles.
Coming up: Jason Marquis tries for win No. 14 on Wednesday night against the Marlins. Marquis will go against Ricky Nolasco, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. CT.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.