The Cincinnati Reds will be without a major piece of their offense for an extended period of time.
According to Cincinnati.com, former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick will have surgery Wednesday on the shoulder he dislocated during the Reds home opener. He will be out for an undetermined stretch, likely at least several weeks.
Reds (and former Cardinals) general manager Walt Jocketty said it's impossible to know how long the injury will take to heal until surgeons open up Ludwick's shoulder and see how it looks.
Ludwick hit .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs for the Reds last season. He's a career .263 hitter including his time with the Reds, Cardinals, Pirates, Padres, Indians and Rangers.
While the Cincinnati has a talented team, it's not as deep as it was last year with another former Cardinals player, Scott Rolen, out of the picture. Todd Frazier, capable of playing the infield and outfield corners, filled in very well last year when Joey Votto went down with an injury. But now he's playing third base every day in Rolen's absence.