Photo Video
Ryan Ludwick injures shoulder sliding into third base on Opening Day. The Reds fell to the Los Angeles Angels in 13 innings, 3-1.
Hide Caption
Ryan Ludwick is injured sliding into third base on Opening Day. The Reds fell to the Los Angeles Angels in 13 innings, 3-1.
Hide Caption
Ryan Ludwick dislocated his shoulder sliding into third base on Opening Day 2013. He missed most of the season, playing in just 38 games.
Hide Caption

Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick will have shoulder surgery

Tore cartilage on head-first slide on Opening Day

a a a a
Share this story

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.

See our Opening Day game photos at http://www.wcpo.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/opening-day-photos-angels-3-reds-1

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Reds News
Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks
Reditorial Cartoon: Roller coaster first 3 weeks

The highs, the lows, the "what the hecks?!" of being a Reds fan so far during the 2014 season.

Homer Bailey, Reds win again at Wrigley, 8-2
Homer Bailey, Reds win again at Wrigley, 8-2

Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and…

Cingrani, Reds struggle in 8-4 loss to Cubs
Cingrani, Reds struggle in 8-4 loss to Cubs

Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of…

Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1
Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1

Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17…

Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms
Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of back spasms.

Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice
Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face…

Reds put worst start in two decades behind them
Reds put worst start in two decades behind them

Although the Reds are three games under .500, Cincinnati's season is just getting started.

Cueto shuts out Pirates in Reds' 4-0 victory
Cueto shuts out Pirates in Reds' 4-0 victory

Johnny Cueto struck out 12 and Joey Votto smacked a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Leake's HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split
Leake's HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split

Pitcher Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night after the Pirates won the completion of Monday's suspended game.

Pirates beat Reds in finish of suspended game
Pirates beat Reds in finish of suspended game

The game that started Monday with 10 home runs ended Tuesday with hardly a whimper.