Redmond can walk, so he'll play

CLEVELAND - Twins catcher Mike Redmond initially injured his left middle finger in the middle of July. Despite considerable pain, he never had X-rays taken, so official confirmation of the injury remains unknown.

CLEVELAND - Twins catcher Mike Redmond initially injured his left middle finger in the middle of July. Despite considerable pain, he never had X-rays taken, so official confirmation of the injury remains unknown.

For now, let's call it a dislocation.

"For what?" Redmond said when asked about having an X-ray. 'It doesn't matter. If it's broke, it's broke. If it's not, it's not. I don't know if it's the ligaments or whatever. I don't know what a dislocation is but, whatever it is, it's been hurt for a while."

On Monday, Redmond swung and missed a pitch in the fifth inning. The bat pulled on the finger again, causing him to relive the pain he went through in July.

"Now it's back to square one," said Redmond, who delivered a RBI single on the next pitch. "That's just the way it goes."

Redmond obviously could care less what's wrong with his finger. He's also has been hit twice with bats this season during an opponent's follow-through. One bruised a shoulder blade, another caught him in the head and required stitches.

Redmond keeps rolling on. Because of Joe Mauer's leg injuries this season, the 36-year-old entered Tuesday with a 249 at-bats -- his major league high in his previous nine seasons is 256 -- while batting .289 with a homer and a career-high 33 RBI.

Redmond intends to be available as much as possible until Mauer is ready to play again. He will eventually have an X-ray taken of the finger -- after the season.

"Somebody has got to catch," Redmond said. "Joe has obviously got his leg problems. As long as I can walk, I can find a way to figure it out. I want to play. I want to be out there. These are the biggest games of the year. There's no way I'm sitting on the sidelines right now.

"I don't need to feel 100 percent to be out there. I'll find a way to just grind it out."

Perkins pounded

The Twins could have been persuaded to activate lefthander Glen Perkins from the disabled list if he had a strong outing on Tuesday during a rehabilitation outing at Class AA New Britain.

But Perkins gave up six runs on seven hits, including two homers, in only two innings of work. Perkins, coming back from a pulled muscle near his shoulder, might need more work. Considering that New Britain's season ends Sept. 3, he is running out of time.

Honor for Slowey

Class AAA Rochester righthander Kevin Slowey, who will be called up to start Tuesday against Cleveland at the Metrodome, has been named International League Pitcher of the Year.

Slowey, 10-4 with a 1.74 ERA, easily leads in the ERA race. He has walked only 17 batters in 129 2/3 innings.

Long-ball Santana

There's one blemish among Johan Santana's sheet full of superlative stats: home runs allowed. He entered Tuesday with an American League-high 27 home runs given up, the most he ever has allowed in a season.

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