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Ryan Ludwick leaves Reds’ season opener with dislocated right shoulder

Apr 1, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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The Reds’ starting left fielder could be looking at an extended absence.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Ryan Ludwick was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder after he injured it on a head-first slide into third base in the third inning of today’s season opener against the Angels. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury.

Chris Heisey replaced Ludwick in the lineup and figures to get regular playing time in left field during his absence. Top prospect Billy Hamilton might be an option for a call-up at some point, but he could benefit by getting more playing time in center field in the minors. However, the Reds could be in the mix for an outfielder like Casper Wells, who was designated for assignment by the Mariners over the weekend.

Ludwick, 34, batted .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs, 80 RBI and an .877 OPS last season. The Reds brought him back this winter with a two-year, $15 million contract.

  1. UgglasForearms - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Can we find a way to blame Dusty for this?

    • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      It was his shoulder, so yes!

  2. sfm073 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    And I predicted this a week ago. Now time for a couple of starters to go down.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      You predicted Ludwick would dislocate his shoulder in the 1st game of the season? You may be slightly miserable.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Slightly? No…he’s a full blown woah’s me sorta’ cat.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      How about lotto numbers then?

  3. contraryguy - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Given a full-time chance, Heisey can supply the power and a decent glove in left; Hamilton is not deemed to be ready for the majors yet, and there isn’t another call-up who would fit the bill (unless heavy hitter Donald Lutz can play left as well as 1B). The Reds played thru injuries to get 97 wins last year, with a horrid bench; no reason they can’t deal with it again.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      I have been a Heisey fan since since he arrived. Sorry to see Ludwick go down. Especially on a hustle play (essentially stole 3rd on Weaver while he was arguing with the Home plate Umpire). But this will get Heisey some early season action. As a Cardinals fan…I don’t want Heisey getting some early season action. Kid should be starting somewhere now.

  4. mudhead123 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The reds offense is typical NL

  5. Old Gator - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Maybe with the WBC over, the homeless Pazuzu has taken up residence in Cincinnati.

  6. yahmule - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Any move that gets Choo out of center would be positive.

    • jm91rs - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      I hadn’t really thought about that. Think they’d move Heisey over to center for a few weeks until Ludwick was back? I’m guessing they would, but I wonder what it would do to Choo’s progression out there to switch him around for only a few weeks.

      I also think you over-react about Choo in center, he played fine there all spring. He won’t cover the ground that Stubbs did, but even Heisey can’t cover the ground that Stubbs did. Choo’s presence was felt yesterday. Getting on base 3 times is impressive.

  7. bengalsucker - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Yeah Choo definitely did way more at the plate than Stubbs ever would have. Stubbs would have looked foolish watching fast balls go by down the pipe. I think I’ll take Choo at the plate and lack of Stubbs’ speed in center over Stubbs’ foolishness at the plate and some speed in center.

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