Ryan Ludwick’s Injury Could Hurt The Reds For The Long Run

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Wednesday April 10, 2013

Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick had to be taken off the field on Opening Day by trainer Paul Lessard due to a shoulder injury. He slid head first into Third Base and dislocated his right shoulder, tearing cartilage. The Reds will be without Ludwick for the next three months. Without his offensive production will the Reds stay atop of the National League Central.  The OF hit for a 3 Slash Line .275/.346/.877 - with 26 HRs and 80 RBI in just 422 At-Bats in 2012.  Ludwick signed a 2 YR deal with the Reds worth $15 MIL over the winter.

Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick had to be taken off the field on Opening Day by trainer Paul Lessard due to a shoulder injury. He slid head first into Third Base and dislocated his right shoulder, tearing cartilage. The Reds will be without Ludwick for the next three months. Without his offensive production will the Reds stay atop of the National League Central. The OF hit for a 3 Slash Line .275/.346/.877 – with 26 HRs and 80 RBI in just 422 At-Bats in 2012. Ludwick signed a 2 YR deal with the Reds worth $15 MIL over the winter.

Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): 

The Reds are off to a hot start with a 5-2 record with wins over the Angels, Nationals, and Cardinals.

Those are big wins to start out because on paper all three of those teams should make the playoffs.  It just so happened that on Opening Day against the Angels that the Reds left fielder, Ryan Ludwick, had to leave the game due to an injury. 

When the injury occurred it didn’t look to serious, but when the x-rays were taken it showed that he had dislocated his shoulder.  Along with the dislocated shoulder Ludwick had torn cartilage in his shoulder and needed surgery.

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Ryan  Ludwick awkwardly sliding into third base on passed ball by Jared Weaver. Ludwick ultimately had to be removed from the game.

Ryan Ludwick awkwardly sliding into Third Base on passed ball by Jared Weaver. He ultimately had to be removed from the game.

It became known later that Ludwick would be sidelined for up to three months.  That could be a huge blow to this Reds’ team in the long run offensively.

Not only do they lose their clean up hitter but they also lose a pretty good Left Fielder, that could help Shin-Soo Choo transition to center field.  With that being said that moves Brandon Phillips back into the clean up spot in Ludwick’s absence.  

Ludwick’s replacement looks to be Chris Heisey, who hasn’t received much playing time the past couple of seasons because of Ludwick playing most days in Left Field. 

Just to put it into perspective Heisey played 120 games last season – with much of those games coming off of the bench in the late innings or because of injuries like this one.  He only hit 7 Home Runs with 31 RBI in 2012.

Production wise Ludwick is a lot better choice than Heisey, as he hit 26 Home Runs with 80 RBI in only 125 games last season.  Ludwick was also one of the clutchest hitters in this Reds lineup as it seemed he always came up with the big hit when they needed it.

Heisey so far has done just what he is asked to do, but the question is, will that last long term?  There is a good possibility that it won’t just by Heisey’s track record as a player. 

As a Reds fan I want it to work out and when Ludwick comes back in June I want it to be a tough decision for Dusty Baker to put Ludwick back in Left Field.

The other possibility for Dusty Baker would be Xavier Paul. Paul is usually a guy that gets a start here and there but for the most part comes off the bench to pinch hit in the late Innings.  Paul has been a solid pick-up for the Reds and I look for him to keep producing in those situations.

Dusty Baker will have to be smart with the decisions he makes for the next three months and make it work for the Reds to win.  Losing the clean up hitter isn’t easy to overcome but the Reds will make due and hopefully stay atop the National League Central going into those long summer days of June.

Chris  Heisey diving into second after a double in the Reds 13-4 win against the Cardinals. All Reds fans are hoping he can produce enough in Ludwick's absence. If he can do that look for the Reds to stay atop the standings in the Central.

Chris Heisey diving into second after a double in the Reds 13-4 win against the Cardinals. The Reds scored nine runs in the ninth after Heisey brought the Reds within a run –  on a double down the left field line in the 7th inning. All Reds fans are hoping he can produce enough in Ludwick’s absence for the next three months. If he can do that look for the Reds to stay atop the standings in the Central.  Heisey has a Career 3 Slash Line of .256/.312/.748 in 853 At-Bats, with 34 HRs and 105 RBI.  Not quite the power numbers as Ludwick, however admirable 4th OF numbers.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Billy Hamilton Correspondent’ Ryan Ritchey for preparing today’s featured article Ryan  is a Baseball Writer for MLB reports. He is  a freshman at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Ryan is a huge fan of Barry Larkin and Brandon Phillips  He has been a baseball fan his whole life and has been writing about baseball since his freshman year of High School. You can reach Ryan on Twitter  

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