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Post-concussion syndrome keeps Edmonds sidelined

ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds, who missed his 12th start in 13
games Saturday due to post-concussion syndrome, will not accompany
the St. Louis Cardinals on their upcoming seven-game trip.

Edmonds had been trying to slowly increase his activity level,
but has noticed no improvement. So for the foreseeable future he
has ceased baseball activities.

"When I try to do a lot it gets worse," Edmonds said Saturday.
"Since I've stopped doing everything I've noticed my mornings are
getting better."

Juan Encarnacion has gotten the bulk of the playing time in
center field, moving over from right, in place of the eight-time
Gold Glove winner. Encarnacion started there again on Saturday
night against the Pirates.

Edmonds said he'd do only light activities such as riding a
stationary bicycle, for about a week. After concluding a nine-game
homestand on Sunday, the Cardinals will play three games at
Washington and four at Arizona before returning Sept. 11.

"When I try to do a lot it gets worse ... Since I've stopped doing everything I've noticed my mornings are
getting better."
-- Jim Edmonds

Edmonds, and the team, have no idea whether he'll be ready to
play again then.

"I think he's in sort of a resting state," manager Tony La
Russa said. "He hasn't had the workouts that would clear him to
go.

"If all of a sudden he has a major improvement, we could get
him on a plane. But he's going to stay back and do what he can to
get ready."

Edmonds said team doctors, noticing no progress, advised him to
back off earlier in the week. He said he hasn't taken batting
practice or worked out on the field for "two or three days."

"I'm just trying to do a little bit of cardio work, real
light," Edmonds said. "Maybe I'll take a couple of swings at the
end of the week and see what it does."

Edmonds, who was batting .260 with 18 homers and 65 RBI in 104
games, sustained a concussion in June when he tried to rob the
White Sox' Joe Crede of a home run and slammed his head on the
warning track in Chicago. Post-concussion syndrome wasn't diagnosed
until last month after Edmonds was removed from a game complaining
of dizziness and blurred vision.

Edmonds also has been bothered by nausea and felt disoriented
while driving, mostly late at night. He had started only twice in
the last 17 games.

Until Saturday, the team position had been that Edmonds had a
spot in the lineup waiting for him, whenever he was ready. Now, the
team has ceased that gentle push.

Earlier this week, Edmonds said team medical personnel told him
when he tried to force himself through a difficult workout it was
likely causing more damage.

The Cardinals signed Preston Wilson three days after Edmonds'
ailment was diagnosed and Wilson has gotten mostly everyday duty
along with Encarnacion and rookie Chris Duncan.

Wilson, designated for assignment and then released by the
Astros, had eight RBI in his first 12 games with the Cardinals.