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Edmonds possibly tears Achilles on homer trot

Edmonds possibly tears Achilles on homer trot

MILWAUKEE -- It's quite possible that Jim Edmonds' season and career ended on a high note and low note at the same time.

Edmonds hit a second-inning home run to right field for the Reds off Brewers starter Dave Bush, but he hobbled as he rounded second base and had to exit the game. After Cincinnati's 4-3 victory, Edmonds said he believed he might have torn the right Achilles tendon that has bothered him much of this season.

Nothing has been confirmed, however, until Edmonds sees a doctor and has tests.

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"Something popped when I was running around the bases," Edmonds said. "The first couple of steps, I felt like I completely popped it. I was just worried about what my next step was going to feel like. I had to slow down for a second. I realized my foot wasn't falling off and I tried to keep jogging. It was pretty painful. It was just the same battle all year long. It gets better, it gets worse. This is the first time it's really popped or felt like it tore. We'll see what happens."

Edmonds, normally an outfielder who was playing first base for Joey Votto after Votto was scratched with a sinus infection, was replaced by Miguel Cairo.

"He gave us a big boost with the home run," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Certainly you can see how valuable he is to us when he's healthy. Hopefully it's not too bad."

After he took 2009 off and began this season playing for Milwaukee, injuries have plagued the 40-year-old Edmonds. He tried to play through the Achilles injury for the Brewers before he was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9.

"I can't believe it's taken this long for it to get this bad," he said.

About two weeks after his trade, Edmonds went on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right oblique muscle. He was activated on Sept. 9, and made his first start on Saturday.

"He was just waiting to hit a home run and call it a career," Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun joked, before knowing the severity of the injury. "Hit a homer and jog into the sunset. He'll be back for the postseason, I think. I know Jimmy."

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