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Out since Opening Day, Ryan Ludwick is ready for rehab

Jul 22, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Ryan Ludwick has been on the disabled list since separating his shoulder on Opening Day, but the Reds outfielder is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Single-A.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’s been hitting for two weeks and began taking batting practice with the Reds a few days ago, but according to Ludwick “it’s obviously going to be a longer rehab assignment.”

He’ll get a maximum of 20 days to rehab, although that clock can be restarted at any time if there’s a setback or a new injury. Either way, it sounds like early August is probably the targeted return date right now.

Ludwick hit .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games last season, re-signing with the Reds on a two-year, $15 million deal. In his absence Cincinnati’s left fielders have hit a combined .245 with nine homers and a .700 OPS in 98 games.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Just gotta watch those quads …

  2. thomas844 - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Here’s to a healthy rehab process! I’m curious as to what will happen to the batting order, though. Ludwick was the primary cleanup hitter last year, but Brandon Phillips is among the Major League’s RBI leaders out of the cleanup spot right now. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep BP there or if they slide Ludwick back in that spot.

    • steelbydesign - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I’m not sure I’d want to put Ludwick in the cleanup spot right away, because at his age (and let’s face it, last season wasn’t how he’d been playing before that, and could’ve been just an up year for him), he could decline quickly. I’m afraid that Reds fans (I am one by the way) are really putting too much hope into Ludwick saving the day.

      That being said, if Ludwick does come back and looks like he did last season, I would move Brandon into the 2 spot.

      • thomas844 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        That’s a good point. People forget that Ludwick really struggled the first half of the season before picking it up big time in the second half. As long as BP keeps bringing ‘em in, it would make sense to keep him at the #4 slot and move Ludwick to #6 or #7, but then again, that takes Heisey out of the lineup, leaving Cozart as the only option at the #2 slot. The way I see it, the lineup will either be: Choo, Cozart, Votto, BP, Bruce, Ludwick, Frazier, Catcher, Pitcher or Choo, BP, Votto, Ludwick, Bruce, Frazier, Cozart, Catcher, Pitcher.

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