Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday night after undergoing surgery to repair his right shoulder. The 10-year veteran is expected to miss at least three months, which means he will not return until sometime around the All-Star break.
Ludwick suffered the shoulder injury on Opening Day after he slid headfirst into third base. It was instantly clear that he dislocated his shoulder by the way he grasped his right arm.
It all went down in the bottom of the third inning when Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver threw a wild pitch that scored Shin-Soo Choo in a bang-bang play. While Weaver threw his arms up in disgust with the home plate umpire’s call, Ludwick had the smart idea to steal third base. Even though he was called safe, the repercussions of the play could haunt the Reds this season.
It is certainly an unfortunate situation for Cincinnati as Ludwick is a huge part of the team this season. It will be difficult for the team to get by without his bat and glove, but the Reds are hoping Minor League call-up Derrick Robinson will be able to handle the job.
“[Robinson] had a real good spring for us,” Reds manager Dusty Baker told Reds.com. “He can help us in a lot of ways. He can pinch-run, pinch-hit, he’s a switch-hitter, an outstanding outfielder and can give [Shin-Soo] Choo a breather in center some time. This guy is a true center fielder, a very good player and a very good outfielder. We need some speed.”
There is no question Ludwick is the better of the two players, mostly because of his veteran experience. However, it appears his position will be in good hands with the addition of Robinson.
The 25-year-old batted .300 with eight RBI, two doubles, eight runs and two stolen bases in 50 at-bats this spring. There has to be some concern that Robinson has never stepped foot on a Major League field during the regular season, but his performance in Spring Training should clear away all the doubt.