Shoulder injury keeps Edmonds out

Shoulder injury keeps Edmonds out

DENVER -- Brewers outfielder Jim Edmonds injured his right shoulder diving for a ball in Anaheim last week, and on Sunday, the ailment cost him some hacks against one of his favorite opponents.

Edmonds is 11-for-19 (.579) in his career against Sunday's Rockies starter, Aaron Cook, with three home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs. The only pitcher Edmonds, who hasn't played since Wednesday, has faced in at least 20 plate appearances and hit better is former Reds and Rockies righty Jose Acevedo, against whom Edmonds was 11-for-18 (.611) with three homers and eight RBIs.

"When he follows through [on his swing], he has pain," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He's got big numbers against this guy and I was hoping to get him in there. I was really hoping today."

Now, Macha will aim his hope for later this week. The Brewers return Tuesday from an off-day to face the Twins at Miller Park.

Edmonds, who turns 40 on June 27, has battled a series of injuries in his first season with the Brewers. He was on the disabled list from May 16-June 1 with a strained muscle in his rib cage.

In 39 games, Edmonds is hitting .264 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

With Edmonds unavailable and third baseman Casey McGehee due a day off, Macha used veteran infielder Craig Counsell in the five-hole on Sunday for the first time in Counsell's career. Macha was unwilling to move red-hot right fielder Corey Hart out of the two-hole.