On Wednesday, Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick underwent successful surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. That is the good news.
The bad news is that Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months, 13-14 weeks to be exact, as he waits for the injury to completely heal. This timetable would put the slugger back into action around the All-Star Break.
Ludwick sustained a dislocated shoulder while sliding into third base in Monday's season opening loss to the Angels. The 34-year-old exited the game and did not return. An MRI a day later revealed cartilage tear in the surrounding area.
The loss of Ludwick is undeniably a huge blow to the Reds offense. Cincinnati was expecting the veteran to hit clean-up and build off last season's success (.276/26/80), which is precisely why they offered him a two-year, $15 million contract over the winter.
Reserve outfielder Chris Heisey will now be called upon to fill the void. Manager Dusty Baker said that this is Heise...