03/31/08 9:50 PM ET
Edmonds eyes Saturday return from DL
Center fielder's injured right calf on the mend following rest
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Three days later, and after taking Friday and Sunday off completely, Edmonds said that he was fit and ready to rejoin the Padres when he's eligible on April 5, meaning that he'll only miss the first five games of the season.
"Sometimes, when you're coming off an injury ... rest is what you need," Edmonds said Monday, hours before the Padres played their regular-season opener against the Astros at PETCO Park.
"I took a day off, played Saturday and took another day off," Edmonds said. "It has been 100 percent better since those two days off. Sometimes, when you're coming off an injury, rest if what you need. It's a fine line between overworking it and giving it some rest."
Edmonds will work out at PETCO Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, running down balls in the outfield and taking batting practice like he did on Monday before heading to Class A Lake Elsinore to play two games in center field on Thursday and Friday.
"I'll be ready Saturday," said Edmonds, who was placed on the DL retroactive to March 21. "I'm pretty much ready to go now. I think they wanted to err on the side of caution and be careful. They just figured it was better to wait the extra five days. I feel like I'm pretty much 100 percent now."
Edmonds ran in the outfield on Monday without any noticeable limp and had little trouble taking batting practice and pushing off the calf breaking from the box, which is how the injury first occurred.
"It's one of the more disappointing things I've had to go through ... being with a new team, being in shape this winter," Edmonds said. "The bright side is I'll only miss 4-5 games. The good thing is that I had a full winter and a good Spring Training. I don't feel like I'm starting from scratch."
Edmonds played in a handful of Minor League games back in Arizona before heading to his home in Orange County and, finally, to PETCO Park on Monday. Edmonds said that he isn't concerned about his swing and that he only had six official at-bats during Cactus League play.
"Obviously, you need to get some swings," Edmonds said. "I had the 12-15 at-bats down in the Minor Leagues and saw the ball pretty well. I didn't feel that far behind. I'll take a lot of batting practice the next couple of days and I'll be ready to go."
The Padres will have to make a roster move to accommodate Edmonds when he comes off the disabled list. Outfielder Paul McAnulty and utilityman Callix Crabbe don't have Minor League options, but another reserve outfielder, Jody Gerut, does.
Whatever the move is, Black will be happy to get Edmonds -- a player who he saw in his prime when both were with the Angels -- back on the field. Like Edmonds, Black doesn't think the eight-time Gold Glove Awawrd winner will need much time to acclimate himself to his new surroundings.
"I think with Jim, he's the type of player with his natural ability allows him to get less game action and be ready to play. I don't think he needs a lot of maintenance to go play a Major League game," Black said.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.