Brewers' Edmonds still battling sore back

Brewers' Edmonds still battling sore back

SAN DIEGO -- While manager Ken Macha hoped to have Jim Edmonds available to insert in the Brewers lineup on Sunday, Edmonds' sore back means Macha will have to settle for using the eight-time Gold Glove Award winner as a pinch-hitter at best.

Edmonds hurt his lower back on Wednesday in Pittsburgh while sliding into second base on a successful steal attempt, and the injury has sidelined him since. While his situation has been improving, he is still unable to throw without soreness, according to Macha.

"Edmonds is going to take some [batting practice]," Macha said prior to Sunday's game. "The health report says it hurts him more when he's throwing. He may be able to pinch-hit [Sunday]."

With outfielder Carlos Gomez also sidelined due to a knee injury, Jody Gerut was in the starting lineup in center field for a second straight day. Gomez is expected to be available again when the club plays in Los Angeles on Tuesday.