That, combined with manager Dusty Baker having to blow through three relievers when starter Edinson Volquez was chased in the first inning, left Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty discussing roster options with two more games remaining on this nine-game West Coast trip.
Will Cincinnati have to send out for bullpen help before Tuesday night's game?
"We're discussing that now," Baker said.
As for the outfield situation, the Edmonds injury appeared the worst of the two. Oblique strains can knock a player out for several weeks and, at 40, Edmonds, acquired from Milwaukee in a move for depth earlier this month, already was in rough physical shape.
"Right oblique and right foot," Edmonds said. "They kind of go hand-in-hand."
Translation: He's been nursing a sore right Achilles for two months, and he thinks the oblique injury occurred because he was compensating for the foot.
"I don't know what's going to happen now," said Edmonds, who already intended to retire following this season. "I'll see what the doctor says and go from there. ... I was sore the last couple of weeks, but the last couple of days, not playing much, I thought it would get better. False sense of security, I guess. That's the way it goes when you try to play through stuff and be stubborn."
As for Nix, he jammed his foot beating out an infield single in the third when he put on the brakes to avoid Giants pitcher Matt Cain, who was covering first base.
"I jammed my leg, but I didn't roll it," Nix said. "It shouldn't keep me out of action. I think I should be fine to pinch hit."
The Reds are plenty deep in the outfield. They're currently carrying six true outfielders in Nix, Edmonds, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey and Jonny Gomes, and infielder Miguel Cairo can play some in the outfield.
"[Edmonds] doesn't look good at all," Baker said. "We have six outfielders. We usually don't carry that many, and usually things in this manner take care of themselves. You just don't like it to be this way."