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Ryan Ludwick won’t be back until mid-August

May 26, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

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The assumption after Ryan Ludwick underwent April shoulder surgery was that he would miss around three months. But it’s going to be closer to five.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to Ludwick Saturday about his timetable. “People seem to be under the impression that I’ll be back in the middle of July and that’s a complete lie,” Ludwick said. “I can’t even resume baseball activities until July 3, so it’s at least the middle of August.”

“I can’t even throw a baseball or swing a bat until July,” the 34-year-old continued. “I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do. … You take three, four months from throwing a baseball, it’s going to take a while to get your arm back in shape.”

Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million free agent contract with the Reds in December after batting .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games last season. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson will continue to split time in left field until Chris Heisey is recovered from his right hamstring strain.

  1. thomas844 - May 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Sucks not to have our regular LF but Paul and Robinson have done a fantastic job in his place so far. If the Reds can win without Votto like they did last year, they can win without Ludwick. He will be a big boost for this club when he comes back though, don’t get me wrong.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Sure Thomas. Not to one up you…but this also sucks…

      “John Gast joins teammates Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte, Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and Fernando Salas as Cardinal pitchers to succumb to injury issues through the first eight weeks of the season.”

      You guys are off to your best start since 95′ without your LF. You can sustain something like that. I am not sold on the Cardinals ability to sustain that sort of pitching loss throughout an entire season.

  2. coachbeck - May 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Fresh legs in the stretch run

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