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Ryan Ludwick out three months following shoulder surgery

Apr 2, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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Ryan Ludwick suffered a dislocated right shoulder while sliding into third base yesterday and the Reds announced that he’ll undergo surgery tomorrow to repair torn cartilage.

There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but the Reds placed Ludwick on the disabled list and obviously he’s going to be out for a while.

Chris Heisey is the obvious fill in, although if Ludwick’s injury keeps him out for months rather than weeks the Reds could eventually turn to top prospect Billy Hamilton in center field, with Shin-Soo Choo shifting to left field.

For now though Hamilton is at Triple-A, making life miserable for International League catchers, and Heisey will get a chance to play regularly after hitting .258 with a .750 OPS in 338 games as a part-timer during the past three seasons.

Ludwick had a big bounceback year in 2012, hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS, and then re-signed with the Reds for $15 million over two seasons.

UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ludwick is expected to miss three months.

  1. jm91rs - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Heisey shifts to center so the concern over Choos defense can stop. Wonder who they bring up for the bench. Without heisey there it’s a pretty weak bench. Only one outfielder that I can think of off the top of my head (Paul).

  2. cintiphil - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Without Ludwick last year, the Reds would have not won the central, without a doubt. I wonder what it means this year without him. I don’t think he will return as a contributing player this year. Maybe he can do some pinch hitting, but we don’t know yet.

    • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Are we all talking about the same team/player here? You’re talking about the 2012 Cincinnati Reds? The team that won the division by 9 games? You’re talking about the OFer, right? Are there two Ryan Ludwicks?

    • 78mu - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Ludwick is a great guy and a great teammate. But until they start incorporating that into the WAR formula it’s hard to argue they would not have won the division without him.

    • jm91rs - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Ludwick was batting something like .201 heading into June last year. Missing him until July can’t be any worse than that.

  3. stiefert - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Ouch! I am a Cardinals fan and he was a fan favorite here. Hate to see serious injuries to any athlete, but especially this guy, even if he plays for the rival Reds.

    I know his whole career has been slowed down and almost stopped by chronic injuries.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a great season (except when you play St. Louis).

  4. xblac1d - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Do you really want to move Choo to left,Ludwick will likely be back in June or July so when he comes back your gonna ask Choo to move back to center again?Ludwick will not ride the bench when he comes back and neither will Choo.Keep Choo in center because if you don’t then he is still trying to get accustomed to the position come Aug. or Sept.

    • jm91rs - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      That’s the tough question here. I’m of the camp that Choo will play good enough in center so I’m not terribly worried, but you’re going to sacrifice some defense by putting Heisey in left when he’s obviously the better center fielder of the two.

      I don’t really feel like either decision would be wrong, and I’m sure whatever the choice people will bash Dusty for it.

      • xblac1d - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        The Dusty bashers are a guarantee.Everyone who covers the Reds has said Choo’s transition to center was going great.Heisey in center would be best for the defense now however I think it would be best for the rest of the season to just keep Choo there.

  5. mudhead123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Ludwick sucks anyway. This will help more than hurt

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