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Edmonds to play out season as if it's his last

Edmonds to play out season as if it's his last

MILWAUKEE -- He might be slowed by a sore right Achilles tendon, but Jim Edmonds looked like his old self again Saturday night.

Which is fitting, because the veteran center fielder hinted at retirement after Saturday's 4-3 Brewers victory over the Nationals.

"I'm going to play these last nine weeks like they're my last," Edmonds said. "And we'll see how it goes."

For the second straight night, Edmonds stole the show, putting together a 2-for-2 night with a fourth-inning home run, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

Edmonds left the game after the sixth inning with tightness in his Achilles, but he's not about to let the injury slow him down.

"He's been incredible for a while now," left fielder Ryan Braun said. "It's a lot of fun to watch offensively and defensively.

"It was turn back the clock night for Edmonds."

While Edmonds' impressive performance this season -- especially over the last two days, considering his injury -- might surprise some people, Edmonds certainly is not one of them.

"I'm not surprising myself," said Edmonds, who noted that it hurts to even trot around the bases for a home run. "I'm not here to sit on the bench or not help out. I'm going to play until I explode."

Edmonds, who turned 40 a month ago, is playing his 17th season in the Major Leagues. He has long been regarded as one of the best center fielders in the game.

He reminded everyone why that's the case on Saturday when he tracked down a fly ball in the gap that looked like a sure hit. In fact, Michael Morse was so sure it would get over Edmonds' head, the Nationals' right fielder put his head down and took off from first.

When Edmonds stretched and dived to reel in the line drive off the bat of Ian Desmond, he had little trouble doubling off Morse at first to end the inning.

Some have said Edmonds has lost a step since his glory days, but he disputes that.

"I still have the same instincts I've always had, and I really haven't lost a step because I never had a step to begin with," Edmonds said. "I was in here when [Bob] Uecker was talking about me playing defense, saying I could run and flag stuff down in the gaps.

"I almost wanted to call up and tell him he was lying. But it's just the way it goes. I'm enjoying playing. I'm going to play until I can't play anymore, and that'll be it."

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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