CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds' Opening Night is Wednesday, but the team will have to play without left fielder Ryan Ludwick as he undergoes surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder.
Ludwick will have surgery Wednesday to repair the shoulder injury he sustained in the Opening Day game Monday. The team didn't project how long Ludwick will be out. He will go on the 15-day disabled list, and a corresponding roster move will be made prior to Wednesday night's game.
Ludwick was hurt sliding head-first into third base in the third inning of Monday's 3-1 Opening Day loss to the Angels. The Reds originally said Ludwick had a dislocated shoulder, but an MRI on Tuesday revealed the extent of the injury.
Ludwick slid into third following a wild pitch by Angels pitcher Jered Weaver. Ludwick ran from first to third after Weaver's pitch got away from catcher Chris Iannetta, and Shin-Soo Choo came home to score the Reds' first run.
Ludwick buckled his right arm as he slid into the base, and he did not move the arm as he was escorted off the field.
"The ground was a little wet, and when I hit the ground my hand stopped," Ludwick said. "Normally, it slides with you. My shoulder popped out. This wasn't the best Opening Day."
Chris Heisey replaced Ludwick.
"You hate to see a guy come off the field holding his arm," manager Dusty Baker said. "It's disheartening. We've done so well the last couple of years with injuries."
The Reds won 97 games last season by avoiding significant injuries most of the way. First baseman Joey Votto tore knee cartilage and missed 48 games. Ludwick became their top run producer in his absence, and had just re-signed with the Reds in the spring for a two-year deal worth $15 million.
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