LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Reds didnt make any moves as Major League Baseballs non-waiver trade deadline came and went Wednesday but they are closer to getting two key team members back from injury.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick and right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton are mending their way back the big leagues with the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
Broxton started the first game of a doubleheader against Syracuse Wednesday night and pitched his first inning since going on the disabled list June 15 with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. He gave up three singles in the first eight pitches he threw to load the bases but got out of the jam without giving up a run.
Ludwick has been on the DL since he tore the labrum in his right shoulder on Opening Day sliding head-first into third base. He went 0-for-3, grounding out to second base, shortstop and third base, in a 3-1 Louisville loss in the first game. He did not play in the nightcap.
The Reds were expecting Ludwick to be their cleanup ...