Last night, Cincinnati Reds‘ left fielder Ryan Ludwick played in only his second game of the season, his first since Opening Day. Ludwick didn’t do any damage last night as he went 0-for-3, but it is still nice to have him back on the active roster.
Even though Ludwick had an amazing 2012 season and is one of the best players on the team, he probably will not be the everyday left fielder for the Reds, for now at least. Ryan seems to be pretty healthy, and he showed no signs of being injured during last night’s game. He still probably isn’t 100 percent, however, which is understandable, so Dusty Baker will probably give him quite a few off days.
Ludwick is not in the starting lineup tonight, and Xavier Paul will be in left field for the Cincinnati Reds. It must be a luxury for Dusty Baker, knowing that he can throw Xavier Paul or Chris Heisey out in left and know the job will get done, all while resting Ryan Ludwick. Once the September call-ups occur, the Reds will have even more options in left field. They could use Donald Lutz, Derrick Robinson, Billy Hamilton and Yorman Rodriguez just to name a few players.
In the next few weeks, Ludwick will likely get more and more playing time. I am sure that everyone in Reds Country would like to see Ryan Ludwick playing everyday by the time the playoffs start, as he could be a real threat to opposing pitchers once he gets healthier and gets back into the swing of things (pun not intended).