Brewers outfielder Jim Edmonds injured his back in Wednesday’s 14-inning loss to the Pirates and will be evaluated again Thursday before the start of a three-city road trip.
The Brewers almost won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, when Edmonds walked and stole a base for the first time since 2008. But Edmonds tweaked his back sliding into second, manager Ken Macha would learn later, and was slow rounding third on Alcides Escobar’s single to left field.
Pirates outfielder Lastings Milledge did not make a good throw, but it three-hopped home where catcher Ryan Doumit had the plate blocked. Edmonds opted to slide instead of lowering his shoulder, and he was out.
“When he came back in, he told Roger [Caplinger, the team’s head athletic trainer] that he was hurt,” Macha said. “I didn’t think the ball beat him. Maybe a little ‘jar’ of the catcher, and he doesn’t catch it.”
Macha figures that Edmonds’ sore back slowed him in right field during the next half-inning, when Pittsburgh’s Garrett Jonez hit a go-ahead double into the corner. Edmonds was slow pursuing the baseball and made a poor throw back to the infield. Had the Brewers forced a 15th inning, Macha would have sent his backup catcher — George Kottaras — out to right field.
Edmonds was receiving treatment after the game in an area of the clubhouse off-limits to reporters.