Jim Edmonds may again don No. 15 next month as a spring training instructor with the St. Louis Cardinals. The club has not announced the move, which some speculate could lead to a consultant role to general manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak confirmed he has invited Edmonds to camp. Edmonds, 41, hit 393 home runs with 1,199 RBIs during a 17-year playing career that featured eight years with the Cardinals. (Post-Dispatch photo by Chris Lee / 2007)
A great catch • Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak described new Cardials manager Mike Matheny as the “perfect” fit for the team to replace Tony La Russa. Mozeliak said the Cardinals began putting together a list of 35 candidates in mid-August when La Russa first privately signaled he would step down. From that list, the Cardinals interviewed six candidates. On Monday, they formally introduced Matheny as the team’s new skipper.
Out at first • One day after the Cardinals voiced cautious optimism that Albert Pujols had escaped serious injury in a fielding collision with Kansas City Royals third baseman Wilson Betemit, a CT scan performed Monday morning found a fracture of the distal tip of the left radius. The injury requires Pujols to remain in a soft cast for the next four weeks. General manager John Mozeliak acknowledged Monday afternoon that the club would be without Pujols for at least six weeks.