Jim Edmonds pulled up his shirt and showed off an ugly purple blotch on his right side, just above his hip. It might be the mark of his last injury as a Major Leaguer.
Edmonds, placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Reds last week with a strained oblique, said he will probably retire at the end of the 2010 season, his 17th in the Majors.
“I’m leaning toward shutting it down and being a family man again,” Edmonds said. “I’ve made my mark. I’ve done as much as I can do as an everyday player.”
Edmonds has not been ruled out for a late-season return to the Reds, who own first place in the National League Central. But he said he misses Milwaukee, and called his time with the Brewers, “the best part of my year.”
The nagging injuries, though, have worn him down. Edmonds dealt with oblique, back and Achilles strains during his Milwaukee tenure and said he walked into manager Ken Macha’s office at Wrigley Field in early August and said he was thinking of shutting it down. Macha talked him out of it.
“It was the only thing that kept me going,” Edmonds said.