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Comeback complete: Edmonds makes Brewers

Mar 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

After sitting out all of last season Jim Edmonds has successfully completed his comeback, with the Brewers adding him to the roster prior to the “out” clause in his minor-league contract kicking in today.
Edmonds is certainly no longer an impact player, but as a minimum-salaried backup the 39-year-old seems capable of being a solid contributor. He posted a robust .883 OPS against right-handed pitching in 2008 and can back up all three outfield spots in addition to first base, although Jody Gerut could do more or less the same thing. Edmonds is 10-for-35 (.286) with a homer and nine RBIs this spring.
In a related move the Brewers placed Mat Gamel on the disabled list with a torn right latissimus dorsi in his shoulder that’s expected to keep him out for at least the first month of the season. Once healthy he seems likely to start out at Triple-A, although that could change if Casey McGehee struggles at third base in Milwaukee after surprising everyone as a rookie.

  1. BC - Mar 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Latissimus dorsi?
    I think that was on the dessert menu last night at the Italian place down the street.

  2. jwb - Mar 25, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Looking over Edmonds’ contract, I see why he has been lobbying for a guarantee of more playing time:
    signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/28/10 (minor-league contract)
    $0.85M in majors
    $1.75M in performance bonuses: $0.115M each for 200, 225, 250, 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400, 425 PAs; $0.2M each for 475, 500, 525 PAs
    award bonuses, including $0.1M for Comeback Player of Year
    may request release if not on Major League roster 3/25/10

    Captcha: But Rhadames. I don’t think Rhadames Mills had anything to do with this decision.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Edmonds has inspired me to pull my Dancing Bear costume out of the closet, spray the moth pupae, and go audition tonight down at the Swizzle Stick.

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