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edmonds does not have a sports hernia, but he is probably going to the dl. his teammates are uneasy enough about the injury that two of them pulled bernie miklasz aside after the game yesterday and asked him to turn up the heat on the cardinals' owners:

A couple of the players (no names) wanted to know if I was going to try to put some pressure on the owners to give Jocketty some spending room to make a deal if something arises. (They're nervous about Edmonds).
miklasz posted that at his p-d chat forum in this thread -- see the last post on the page. and here's the resulting column. hard to disagree with any of it, really; if the owners aren't willing to take on one more big contract, or insist on offsetting any such addition with a commensurate subtraction, the cardinals are going to have a difficult time steeling the roster for october.

in another thread, miklasz said there's "nothing serious going on" tradewise as yet:

Some interest in Abreu but not unless the Phils pick up a chunk of the tab.... Jocketty always keeps some things on the down low .... I believe he's got his eye on Cabrera, but boy, that seems like a long shot.
abreu was the subject of much discussion on bernie's radio show yesterday morning, with speculation that mulder -- whom the phillies have scouted for two consecutive starts -- would be the asking price. i can't believe the cardinals would contemplate that type of swap unless they had already acquired jason schmidt or dontrelle willis.

another rumor, which popped up over the holiday weekend (i missed it), has st louis trading for pittsburgh's craig wilson -- and giving up anthony reyes in the deal. don't see that one happening, either.

single-a sensation jaime garcia yielded his 1st homer of the season and got tagged for 3 runs in 5 innings, but he still posted his 4th win. struck out 6 guys in 5 innings, didn't walk a man -- now has a k/w ratio of 65:14 on the season. baseball america has taken notice of garcia (hat tip to matt leach for that link); so has baseball prospectus' kevin goldstein.

chris lambert turned in his 2d straight strong outing for springfield, got a no decision. in his last 5 starts (28.2 innings) he has yielded 27 hits, walked 10, and struck out 25; is 2-1 with a 3.45 era in that span. maybe there's hope for him yet. nice article about him at MiLB.com. see also this one about stu pomeranz, who pitches tonight vs midland.

as long as we're looking at double a: nick stavinoha closed the book on a horrendous month last night with an 0 for 3 performance. his may line: .180 / .206 / .262. for the season he's at .258 / .279 / .379, with 4 walks and 30 strikeouts. . . . lest you get too discouraged, stavinoha did spend time on the DL this month with a bad ankle sprain; that ailment could still be giving him trouble and might explain the recent slump.