Ludwick dislocated his elbow while sliding into third base in the third inning of the Reds’ 3-1 loss to the Angels Monday.
Ludwick was officially put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, prompting the Reds to purchase the contract of Derrick Robinson from Triple-A Louisville to take Ludwick’s place.
With Ludwick out, Chris Heisey will get a chance to be the full-time left fielder. Heisey has served as a reserve outfielder the past couple of seasons.
“I hope he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself,” Reds skipper Dusty Baker said on Wednesday. “This is an opportunity to get extended play. I’m making it as easier on him as I can by batting him in front of Joey Votto. Now it’s up to him. All I can do is give guys opportunity.”
Replacing Ludwick’s production will be difficult. Ludwick hit .275 with 26 home runs, 80 RBIs and an .346 on-base-percentage in 125 games last season.
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