ST. LOUIS -- As Jim Edmonds attempts to get back to a point where he's able to play baseball, the Cardinals are assessing their options for making do without the All-Star center fielder.
As of Thursday morning, Edmonds was still awaiting the results of the last few tests he underwent. The club is proceeding on the belief that Edmonds has post-concussion syndrome. The blood tests were taken in order to rule out conditions such as hypoglycemia or diabetes.
Post-concussion syndrome is a serious ailment, and it's unclear when Edmonds will be able to return. According to manager Tony La Russa, however, there will be no delay in putting Edmonds in the lineup once his symptoms clear.
"If he feels good, he'll play," La Russa said. "If he worked out today and felt good, I'd play him."
Edmonds, however, definitely doesn't feel good just yet. He acknowledged some improvement on Thursday, but nowhere near enough to play.
"It's hard for me to eat some days," he said. "Food doesn't taste very good. It's been a weird situation."
Edmonds left Tuesday's game in the fifth inning. He missed three games in Chicago after a concussion on June 21, and he speculated Wednesday that a diving catch may have aggravated the situation in the past week.
So Taguchi started in center field on Thursday, with Juan Encarnacion in right. The two will split time in Edmonds' absence.
"I think if you want another bat in the lineup, you can move Juan to center," La Russa said.
Another option will likely be added shortly. John Rodriguez is likely to return from Triple-A Memphis soon, possibly as soon as Saturday. That's when his minimum 10-day stint in the Minors comes to an end. The best offensive combination that the Cardinals could field in the outfield would be Rodriguez, Chris Duncan and Encarnacion.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax