Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months following surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder.
Ludwick dislocated his non-throwing shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati's opening 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. An MRI a day later found the cartilage tear.
The Reds initially were reluctant to put a timeframe on his return, waiting to see what doctors found during the surgery. Manager Dusty Baker was told that Ludwick could be out for 13 to 14 weeks.
''Hopefully sometime after the All-Star break we'll get a fresh and new player back,'' Baker said.
The Reds put Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list and called up outfielder Derrick Robinson to make his major league debut. Chris Heisey, who has been a reserve outfielder the last few years, will get a chance to play in left field full-time.
''I haven't done it for four years now, I guess,'' Heisey said. ''I've done it for stretches of two or ...