Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

SAN DIEGO -- In 13 years as a big league catcher, Mike Redmond played through pain, withstood a handful of jarring collisions and avoided significant surgery. This offseason hasn't been as kind.

The Marlins' manager showed up at the Winter Meetings sporting a walking boot on his right foot, the result of a torn Achilles tendon he sustained while playing tennis. Surgery is set for Friday.

As a player, Redmond prided himself on his durability. As a backup, he played sparingly and would often play through some bumps and bruises.

The 43-year-old Miami manager recalls a handful of hard collisions at the plate, but nothing that forced him to the disabled list.

The lone time Redmond did land on the DL came during his rookie season, after he fractured a finger while with the Marlins in 1998.

Redmond, who lives in Spokane, Wash., was playing tennis a few days ago. During the match, he felt a snap in his lower leg. Redmond was able to walk off the court, but he was later diagnosed with an Achilles tendon tear.

An avid skier, Redmond never suffered a serious injury on the slopes. On the tennis court, he wasn't as fortunate.

Redmond expects to be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.