Redman OK, will make next start

Redman OK, will make next start

PHOENIX -- Left-hander Mark Redman's bruised left foot held up during a bullpen session on Sunday morning, which means the Rockies will start him next Wednesday on the road against the Padres, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Redman was hit on the foot by a line drive from the Braves' Mark Kotsay in the second inning of his last start on Wednesday. He lasted five innings and gave up three runs (two earned) and seven hits to earn the decision in a 12-6 victory over the Braves.

Had Redman still been suffering discomfort, the Rockies could have pushed him back a day and let left-hander Jeff Francis start on Wednesday, which would have kept him on normal rest between starts.

Redman's health turned out to be a fortunate development for Francis, who has struggled (0-2, 9.53 ERA). With five days between his last start -- an 8-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday night -- Francis will be able to have two throwing sessions before his next outing.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.