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Edmonds unsure when he will be ready to return

ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds was out of the St. Louis Cardinals'
lineup again Tuesday, giving him one start in two weeks due to
post-concussion syndrome, and he doesn't know when he'll be ready
to play again.

Edmonds underwent a battery of medical tests in mid-August after
leaving a game with blurred vision and dizziness. He said another
trip to the doctor on Monday, a day off for the team, provided no
answers.

"They've basically told me to do what I can do until we figure
out what's going on," Edmonds said. "All I know is some days it's
good and some days it's terrible."

Edmonds sustained a concussion when he crashed into a wall in
Chicago in an interleague game against the White Sox in June while
trying to rob Joe Crede of a home run. Since then he's had
intermittent bouts of dizziness, blurred vision and disorientation.

In his only start since being removed from a game on Aug. 15,
Edmonds struck out four times with a walk on Friday. He also struck
out as a pinch-hitter on Saturday, but has not played since.

"He was getting better and he said, 'I'm ready to go,'"
manager Tony La Russa said. "I just don't know how ready he is."

Edmonds, an eight-time Gold Glove center fielder, was batting
.260 with 18 homers and 65 RBI in 104 games. He said every day has
been an adventure.

"Some days I'll wake up with a nasty headache and some days
I'll wake up not feeling too bad," Edmonds said. "Depending on
how that day starts is usually how it ends."

Edmonds said he's not getting pushed by management to play. The
Cardinals signed outfielder Preston Wilson after the symptoms began
to intensify.

"I'm not getting any read on that," Edmonds said. "I'm
getting the doctor telling me to be careful."

The more activity he has, the worse the symptoms usually become
for Edmonds. He said team doctors have told him he just has to wait
for the symptoms to subside.

"The doctor said there's no timetable," Edmonds said. "It
could be a week, it could be 10 days, it could be two months."

The Cardinals are likely to go a player short for a few more
days until rosters can be expanded on Friday. Juan Encarnacion has
moved from right field to center in most of the games Edmonds has
missed.

"My guess is we'll find a way to get through it," La Russa
said. "The key is, can we get him in there so he's performing and
contributing, being productive?

"I had him playing tomorrow, but I don't know if I can play him
tomorrow."