ST. PETERSBURG -- The Indians called up versatile utility player Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday and designated catcher Mike Redmond for assignment.
Gimenez has spent the entire season with Columbus and hit .276 (54-for-196) with nine home runs, 10 doubles, 32 RBIs and 32 runs in 55 games. He can line up all over the field defensively, though usually behind the plate or in the outfield. With Columbus, he appeared in 34 games in the outfield, 18 at catcher, three at first base and one at third.
"Chris gives us the flexibility to play first, right, left, which is something that I welcome," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Acta added that, given the injuries and setbacks the last-place Indians have suffered this year, it could be time to begin reloading and building up the club for the future. Parting ways with Redmond and calling up Gimenez was an unsurprising start to the youth movement.
"I think we went out there and got these veteran players because we felt like our division, with the way it is, if we would have had our full team, maybe we had a chance to compete," Acta said. "But that's not the case right now. It's an opportunity for us to have a youth movement. We all knew this was coming at some point."
The 27-year-old Gimenez started last season with the Clippers and spent the final four months of the season in the Majors with the Indians. Gimenez played 18 games at first, 14 in left field, eight at catcher and seven in right field for the Tribe in 2009. This year with Columbus, Gimenez batted .304 (17-for-56) with three home runs and 22 RBIs with runners in scoring position.
Redmond batted .206 (13-for-63) this season with four doubles, five RBIs and seven runs during 22 games with Cleveland. He saw his playing time decline significantly, and he only appeared in three games after June 8. Acta said that he told Redmond the news after Friday night's game, and the 13-year veteran took it well.
"We were trying to look for the most respectful way. He deserves it," Acta said. "He understood. He's been around, on and off. He knows how the game works. He knew coming in what was the plan."