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The most pressing injury for the Cincinnati Reds is losing Ryan Ludwick. It only took three innings into Opening Day to lose Ludwick for possibly half the season.
Ludwick not only dislocated his shoulder, but also needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder (per Cincinnati.com).
His power is heavily missed in the lineup and causing a lot of headaches for manager Dusty Baker.
Ludwick was on air with Fox Sports Ohio during Monday’s coverage against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hinted at a possible return in July if everything goes well.
However, he said if there are any setbacks, it might have to be August.
Ludwick should have his sling removed soon and then will be able to have a better assessment on his return (per MLB.com).
A lot are expecting Ludwick to return right after the All-Star game this summer. But there’s no certainty as the club waits for his shoulder to heal.
It could take a while before Ludwick feels completely normal swinging a bat on his injured shoulder. At least it wasn't on his throwing arm.
Predicted Return: Early August