Springfield Cardinals player Tommy Edman signs autographs for fans before a Tuesday game at Hammons Field July 9. He apologized for stopping – “I gotta warm up, guys,” he said – before posing for just one more photo and signing just a couple more baseballs. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)

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St. Louis Cardinals utility man Tommy Edman is playing in Springfield this week, his first game action since right wrist surgery in October 2023.

Edman began his rehab assignment on Tuesday night at Hammons Field, as the Springfield Cardinals faced the Minnesota Twins’ Double-A affiliate Wichita Wind Surge.

Tommy Edman, a switch hitter, hit left-handed in each of his three at-bats against Wichita July 9, 2024 in Springfield. He was called out on a low and away strike three during his final plate appearance. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
In his first at-bat with the Springfield Cardinals in 2024, Tommy Edman connected for a fly ball that Wind Surge right fielder Carson McCusker caught on the warning track. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Tommy Edman prepares for his first professional baseball game of 2024. Recurring pain and inflammation in his surgically-repaired right wrist has delayed his return several times this season. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Tommy Edman strategizes with Springfield leadoff hitter Bryan Torres, with the Cardinals already down 4-0 in the first inning against Wichita July 9. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Tommy Edman connects for his first hit of 2024, an RBI single in the third inning that gave Springfield its first run against the Wichita Wind Surge on July 9 at Hammons Filed. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Tommy Edman returns to the dugout after his first at-bat for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals July 9, 2024. He served as designated hitter as he eases his way back into everyday play on a rehabilitation assignment with the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league club. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Springfield Cardinals homestand

All games are with the Wichita Wind Surge

Tuesday, July 9, WIN 7-6

Wednesday, July 10, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, July 11, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, July 14, 1:05 p.m.

Tommy Edman played in Double-A for Springfield for most of 2018, earning a spot on the Texas League All-Star team. He made his major league debut a year later. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)

Springfield Cardinals official website

Tommy Edman scored on a bases-loaded double by Springfield Cardinals catcher Jimmy Crooks in the third inning, cutting Wichita’s lead to 5-3. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Springfield’s Chandler Redmond pinch-hit for Tommy Edman in the sixth inning against Wichita July 9 at Hammons Field. Here, Redmond bats in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-6 game. He struck out. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Jacob Buchberger celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Matt Lloyd, giving the Baby Birds a 7-6 win in 10 innings against the Wichita Wind Surge July 9, 2024. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)
Tommy Edman celebrates at first base after his first hit of the 2024 season. (Photo by Mary Ellen Chiles)


Mary Ellen Chiles

Mary Ellen Chiles is a freelance photographer and writer based in the Ozarks. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor's in creative writing and a master's in English, Creative Nonfiction Writing. More by Mary Ellen Chiles