Edmonds is serious about comeback and multiple teams are interested

Leave a comment

While appearing at a Cardinals charity event earlier this week Jim Edmonds challenged manager Tony La Russa to consider him for a comeback, saying that he’d play for the minimum salary after sitting out all of 2009.
It was tough to tell whether Edmonds was half-joking or not, but apparently he’s serious. St. Louis radio station KSLG now reports that several teams have expressed interest in potentially signing Edmonds and agent Paul Cohen revealed today that the 39-year-old outfielder has given him a list of “particular teams” with whom he’d be willing to sign.
Edmonds failed to land a contract last offseason despite hitting .235/.343/.479 with 20 homers in 401 plate appearances for the Cubs and Padres in 2008. Even before sitting out an entire season Edmonds’ glove was no longer an asset in center field and he was useless against left-handed pitching, but he hit a robust .250/.362/.521 versus right-handers and has experience at all three outfield spots in addition to first base.
Last year at this time I was convinced that Edmonds could still be a productive platoon player starting in an outfield corner against right-handed pitching. No teams agreed with me and perhaps his already diminished skills deteriorated rapidly during the year off, but it would certainly be worth a minor-league contract and invite to spring training to find out.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

AP Images
Leave a comment

Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.