The Reds will be without left fielder and clean-up hitter Ryan Ludwick for a while, as the club announced Tuesday that they will place him on the 15-day disabled list. A corresponding move will be announced prior to Wednesday's Opening Night game against the Angels.
Ludwick is slated to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. The 34-year-old sustained a freak injury when he slid headfirst into third base in the third inning of Monday's opener.
The initial diagnosis was a dislocated shoulder, but an MRI on Tuesday revealed further damage to the surrounding cartilage.
Cincinnati will now have to scramble to find a replacement. Chris Heisey will likely see an increase in playing time, as will Xavier Paul, while the likes of Derrick Robinson, Denis Phipps, or maybe even Billy Hamilton are prime candidates to replace Ludwick's spot on the 25-man roster.
Ludwick inked a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Reds this offseason after belting 26 homers and 80 RBI in 2012.
It's a tough break for the reigning division champs, who up until this point, have managed to stay pretty healthy throughout the spring.
Via Cincinnati Enquirer