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Reds acquire OF Edmonds from Brewers

The National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds got Jim Edmonds from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for Chris Dickerson on Monday, strengthening their outfield for a playoff run.

The deal gives the Reds a proven outfielder as they try to fend off St. Louis and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995. The Reds lead the Cardinals by one game after Monday’s 7-3 loss to St. Louis in the opener of the rivals’ three-game showdown in Cincinnati.

Edmonds was in the starting lineup in center field, batting fifth and going 0-for-4. Manager Dusty Baker envisions a part-time role for the 40-year-old outfielder, who seemed invigorated by the chance to be part of another playoff chase.

Edmonds hit .286 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 73 games with the Brewers.

“I don’t know what to say,” Edmonds said. “It’s been a quick 24 hours. To go from kind of the bottom of the standings to the top in a hurry and show up here playing the Cardinals – it’s going to be a little nuts.”

SILVA HAS CARDIAC PROCEDURE

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva underwent a procedure called cardiac ablation on Monday to correct a problem with his heart rate.

The Cubs hope he will return to the mound sometime this season.

Silva, traded to the Cubs by the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Milton Bradley in the offseason, underwent the surgery lasting approximately two hours Monday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. It was performed by Dr. Bradley Knight. Without the procedure, Silva’s rapid heart rate could have recurred at any time.

He was discharged from the hospital after what the team called a normal period of observation.

“Trainer Mark O’Neal said he did very well,” said Alan Trammell, the Cubs’ acting manager while Lou Piniella is helping his ailing mother in Tampa, Fla.

The Cubs expect Silva, who is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA this season, to begin light physical activity this week and start a throwing program early next week.

Silva spent a night in a Denver hospital Aug. 1 after the right-hander left in the first inning of his start that day against the Colorado Rockies with an abnormal heart rate. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.

SHORT HOPS

The San Francisco Giants designated for assignment pitcher Todd Wellemeyer, the right-hander who began the season as the team’s fifth starter, and recalled infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Fresno for depth. … The Minnesota Twins plan to skip right-hander Kevin Slowey’s next start because of soreness in his elbow. Slowey’s bullpen session was canceled Sunday.

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