CINCINNATI -- On Monday, outfielder Jim Edmonds had yet to pick up a bat and was unable to throw without pain because of a torn right oblique muscle. That's why it was somewhat stunning when Edmonds was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, the first day he was eligible. The Reds are currently strapped for outfielders and have played with only three outfielders on the roster the past nine games. General manager Walt Jocketty informed Edmonds of the news Friday. "I really wasn't expecting to come off today," Edmonds said. "[Jocketty] told me and that's a good thing. Nobody wants to be on the DL anyways. I'm here if it's needed."
Acquired on Aug. 9 from the Brewers in a trade for Chris Dickerson, the 40-year-old Edmonds batted .136 (3-for-22) with one homer in nine games for the Reds. Edmonds has hit off of a tee lately, but it wasn't clear how soon he could appear in a game. "It's been pretty good," Edmonds said. "I just took some easy swings the last few days. I'm trying to get ready to go full speed." "He could be activated today, so we activated him today," Jocketty said. "If he can do something, he'll do it. If not, he won't. There's no reason to keep him on the DL. In a day or two, whether today or sometime this weekend, he might be able to do something."