St. Louis Cardinals’ Tommy Edman (19) is tagged out on his way to first base by San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (9) during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
SAN DIEGO — Long before the Cardinals started rotating him around in the field to keep his bat atop their lineup, teammates had a sense of how they could rely on Tommy Edman to do a bit of everything, because of how ready he was to do anything as he approached the majors.
“I think we saw how Tommy was capable of that a couple years ago when he came up — we all had that feel about him, even in spring training,” said first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on Friday, talking to the Post-Dispatch at a social distance for one of the first in-person interviews by a Cardinal this regular season. “Before he had that debut, he’s moving around and almost everyone had an idea what he’d do when he got his shot. He’s just done this great job for us.”
And now they’re asking him to do another job.
Already the team’s everyday leadoff hitter, igniting the offense and extending his National League lead with his 44th hit in the third inning Friday night, Edman is set to play a lot of shortstop in the coming two weeks. He will sub for starter Paul…