Reds ready to activate Ryan Ludwick

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

This was the scene last time Ryan Ludwick was in uniform for the Reds.
This was the scene last time Ryan Ludwick was in uniform for the Reds. (USATSI)

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The Reds have been without left fielder Ryan Ludwick since opening day, but that's about to change. After Sunday's win over the Padres, the Reds notified Derrick Robinson he was headed to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Ludwick (via C. Trent Rosecrans).

Ludwick drew two walks on opening day against the Angels before dislocating his shoulder while running bases. He's been on the shelf since then. Heading into Sunday, Ludwick was hitting .136/.208/.227 with a homer and four RBI in 13 minor-league rehab games.

Ludwick, 35, hit .275/.346/.531 with 26 homers and 80 RBI in 125 games for the Reds last season. He was then brought back this past offseason on a two-year deal.

The Reds have mostly used a combination of Xavier Paul, Chris Heisey and Robinson in left field with Ludwick out. Reds left fielders this season have combined to hit .244/.313/.378 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. So if Ludwick plays like he did last season, he's an upgrade -- especially in terms of power.

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