Edmonds optimistic after practice

first_imgJim Edmonds’ first batting practice session left him feeling far from optimistic that he’ll be ready for opening day. The St. Louis Cardinals’ center fielder is rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right shoulder and left foot, and thus far it’s been slow going. With three weeks to go before the World Series champions open the season on April 1, there’s no timetable yet for his first spring training appearance. Pavano returns Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano says he missed his scheduled spring training start last Friday because of a medical situation involving his girlfriend. Pavano, who discussed the matter for the first time Sunday, left Legends Field about 45 minutes before Friday’s game after receiving permission from the team. The right-hander returned Saturday and threw a 45-pitch bullpen session in preparation for a start Monday night against Boston. “The reason I left, my girlfriend had a severe medical condition and I had to be with her,” Pavano said. Pavano didn’t give specifics about the problem, but said his girlfriend is “doing well.” “It would be great to be able to play opening day, but I’m not going to lose my cool if something doesn’t go perfectly as planned,” Edmonds said Sunday. “If I make it I make it, and if I don’t, I don’t. “Things have got to be pretty dead-on.” center_img Lee on the DL Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee will start the season on the disabled list because of an abdomen strain. The lefty, who went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season and is 46-24 since 2004, felt the strain in his right abdomen during a throwing session early in spring training. Lester throws Jon Lester threw 37 pitches in a simulated game Sunday. By the time spring training ends for Boston, he hopes to be up to five innings. That falls short of where he hoped to be but is an impressive return from cancer treatments and medical tests three months ago that showed he was free of the disease. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more