Redmond says tight hip isn't a concern

Redmond says tight hip isn't a concern

CLEVELAND -- Backup catcher Mike Redmond left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with right hip tightness, but it wasn't a new condition.

"It's been bothering me for about two weeks," Redmond said.

And Redmond made it clear it's not a condition that affects his duties behind the plate. But in a close game against the Blue Jays, he didn't want to be a late-inning liability on the basepaths.

"I'm really slow," Redmond said. "I didn't want to be really, really slow."

Redmond was replaced by Lou Marson. Because Redmond is only guaranteed a start when Fausto Carmona is on the mound, his services might not be needed for another six days. Manager Manny Acta, therefore, did not seem to think a disabled-list move would be in order. Acta also revealed that in cases of dire emergency, second baseman Luis Valbuena and left fielder Austin Kearns are his go-to options at catcher.