MILWAUKEE -- Veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds was sore on Sunday after straining a left rib-cage muscle in the Brewers' loss on Saturday, but was hopeful he could avoid a trip to the disabled list. Edmonds, 39, strained his left oblique on a check-swing in the bottom of the second inning, but played another inning in center field before being replaced by Jody Gerut in the top of the fourth. "The first day it's usually pretty sore, so hopefully after this day with some work it'll start to feel better," Edmonds said. "It's starting to loosen up a bit already, but it's still pretty tender."
With Edmonds unavailable and Carlos Gomez on the disabled list until at least Friday, Gerut got the start in center for the Brewers in Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. While he felt the injury following a particular swing in the second inning, Edmonds admitted the injury may not be entirely unrelated to the back injury he suffered earlier this season. "I think it could be partially related to my back problem that I had," Edmonds said. "I still was battling that a bit, and this is just around the corner from it." Despite the potential lingering nature of the injury, Edmonds hopes to be out on the field again as soon as possible. "Usually, when you hurt yourself, it's the opposite side from your throwing arm and this is on the same side. So that's a good positive thing," Edmonds said. "As soon as I can swing a bat, I'm going to get back in there."