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The Hollywood Report

March 9th, 2008 by Ray

So it begins.

Hollywood Jim

New Padres center fielder Jim Edmonds, who presence here I am solely responsible for, is hurt. Already.

San Diego Padres center fielder Jim Edmonds is expected to miss two to three weeks with a strained right calf, a setback for a team that was a bit shaky in the outfield to begin with.

“I’m guarded on this one,” manager Bud Black said Friday afternoon, several hours after the 37-year-old Edmonds had an MRI exam. “I’m hoping for the best that hopefully it’ll be a couple of weeks, that’s it. I think it will become clearer tomorrow.”

Obviously, two to three weeks isn’t a long time. The season is still two weeks away, so he could realsitically make it back in time. But when the team’s best option after Edmonds is Scott Hairston, who’s made a total of 1 out at the position, it creates a reason to worry.

I know it’s a little late now but when I said I wanted Edmonds, I meant in a Mike Piazza kind of way. And Mike Piazza’s no good at defense. Granted, Edmonds isn’t as bad in center as Piazza is behind the plate, not by a long shot, but he’s not the center fielder he was.

Or the center fielder in Milwaukee.

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