CINCINNATI (AP) — The defending NL Central champions are hoping that their extra-long opening day loss doesn’t affect their lineup well into the season.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder during a 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, giving them a big worry only one game into the season.
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Ludwick’s hand stuck in the dirt on his headfirst slide into third base in the third inning, making his shoulder pop out of place. He left the game and will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the significance of the injury.
“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 decided to stay in Cincinnati for two more years and $15 million.
Now, they’re going to have to fill in for him.
“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.”