Padres release Jim Edmonds

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres today recalled outfielder Jody Gerut from Triple-A Portland and requested unconditional release waivers on outfielder Jim Edmonds.

Jody Gerut, 30, hit .308 (33-for-107) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI, 22 runs scored, 13 walks and four stolen bases in 27 games for Portland. He was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the span of April 28-May 4 when he batted .462 (12-for-26) with four home runs and seven RBI. Gerut, who signed a minor league contract with San Diego on January 27, made the Padres Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee and went 1-for-6 with a stolen base in four games with the club before he was optioned to Portland on April 5. In 324 career Major League games over parts of four seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2003-05), Chicago Cubs (2005), Pittsburgh Pirates (2005) and Padres (2008), he has batted .263 (299-for-1,137) with 75 doubles, eight triples, 34 home runs, 140 RBI, 153 runs scored and 109 walks.

The 37-year-old Edmonds has batted .178 (16-for-90) with two doubles, one home run, six RBI and six runs scored in 26 games this season with the Padres, appearing in center field in all 26 contests (24 starts). He was acquired by San Diego from the St. Louis Cardinals along with cash considerations on December 15, 2007 in exchange for infielder David Freese. In parts of 16 Major League seasons with the California/Anaheim Angels (1993-99), Cardinals (2000-07) and Padres (2008), Edmonds has a career batting average of .286 (1,817-for-6,362) with 397 doubles, 23 triples, 363 homers, 1,127 RBI, 1,160 runs scored, 929 walks and 65 steals.

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