ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, who has struggled offensively and defensively in the early season, was out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after receiving a cortisone shot for an aching right shoulder.
Manager Tony La Russa said the shot was administered Friday night after a 1-0 loss. Edmonds was batting .158 with one homer
and seven RBI, and has committed three errors in the last two
games after totaling two all last season.
He also struck out with the bases loaded for the final out in
the eighth against Todd Coffey.
Edmonds has won a Gold Glove in each of his six seasons with the
Cardinals and has eight Gold Gloves overall. So Taguchi started in
center field Saturday and Scott Rolen batted cleanup, where Edmonds
has been for eight of the team's first 10 games.
"It's been sore and there's a little inflammation," La Russa
said. "We'll see how long it takes to improve."
Trainer Barry Weinberg said an MRI exam showed that the injury
was an inflamed joint. Edmonds banged the shoulder into the wall
attempting to make a catch earlier this week.
Weinberg said there's a chance Edmonds could play Sunday in the
finale of a three-game series against the Reds.
"We knew ahead of time that he was not going to play, that's
why we injected it yesterday," Weinberg said. "That was the