Milwaukee Brewers' Jim Edmonds rounds the bases on a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, July 3, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Jim Edmonds dives to catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina to end the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 1, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Milwaukee Brewers' Jim Edmonds hits a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Monday, July 26, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
Jupiter, FL (KMOV.com) – Jim Edmonds will not be joining the Cardinals this season after all. KMOV.com’s Brian Feldman, who is in Jupiter, Florida with the team, confirms that Edmonds is retiring.
Edmonds, 40, is recovering from an injury to his Achilles heel. Feldman reports that Edmonds says he can still play, however he does not want to risk permanent injury.
Edmonds recently signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and was questionable for the start of spring drills with the left foot injury.
The Cardinals signed Edmonds, a key member of the team from 2000-07, to add outfield depth. The eight-time Gold Glove winner is seven homers shy of 400 and 51 hits shy of 2,000.