PITTSBURGH -- A sore right Achilles cost veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds a chance at his first career cycle in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. Edmonds already had a three-run home run, a double and a single by the time he batted with two out and none on in the top of the ninth. Edmonds hit a fly ball to the deepest part of PNC Park, a section of left-center field that's 410 feet from home plate. But instead of trying to stretch a triple, Edmonds trotted into second base. "It never even crossed my mind," Edmonds said. "I didn't even look. I didn't even realize I had a chance [for the cycle], to be honest with you."
The reason he didn't think about stretching toward third base was that sore Achilles, a problem that's bothered the 40-year-old Edmonds since before the All-Star break. The official diagnosis is tendonitis. "Some days are better than others," Edmonds said. "But the days that are better are still pretty much unbearable." He will play through the pain. "That's all I can do right now," he said. "I feel good at the plate, I just can't run at all. I can run a little bit in the outfield from time to time, but on the bases it's ridiculous. I don't know why the dirt makes it so much worse." Only two Major Leaguers have hit for the cycle this season, and both were extremely unlikely candidates. Milwaukee's Jody Gerut, who has only started 11 games in 2010, did it against the D-backs on May 8. Texas' Bengie Molina, one of baseball's slowest players, did it last week against the Red Sox.