SAN DIEGO -- The Padres decided to sever ties with Jim Edmonds on Friday, releasing the 37-year-old, eight-time Gold Glove winner after he struggled offensively and defensively during the first month of the season.
"It's just not happening for him statistically," Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday before a 5-4 loss to the Braves ended a 2-7 road trip, leaving the reeling Padres with a 12-23 record and in last place in the National League West.
Edmonds, 37, was hitting just .178 with 24 strikeouts in 90 at-bats. He had just six hits in his last 55 at-bats. He wasn't in the starting lineup on Thursday in Atlanta, but appeared in the game as part of a double-switch, grounding out in his only at-bat.
The Padres have recalled outfielder Jody Gerut from Triple-A Portland to take Edmonds' spot on the 25-man roster. Gerut, who made the Padres' Opening Day roster out of Spring Training, was hitting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 27 games.