After a slow start, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price has informed veteran left fielder Ryan Ludwick that he will no longer get the majority of playing time in left field.
According to Jon Fay, Price spoke with Ludwick this weekend and said Ludwick “was very professional” regarding the news. Left field will now turn into a platoon situation in Cincinnati, with Chris Heisey and Skip Schumaker also seeing time.
Through 43 games, the 35 year old Ludwick is hitting just .246, with 3 home runs, 17 RBI, and a.314 on-base percentage. After his impressive 26 home run 2012 season, the Reds signed him to a heavily scrutinized deal that guaranteed Ludwick $15 million over three seasons, including a 2015 buyout option.
Ludwick hasn’t recovered offensively since suffering a dislocated shoulder in the opening game of the 2013 season, when he injured himself sliding into third base. Ludwick’s power has seemingly fallen off, managing just 5 home runs in the 81 games he’s played over the last two seasons.
Many Reds fans have also clamored for hot-hitting catcher Devin Mesoraco to receive starts at other position, as the team’s offense has been lacking throughout their injury-riddled 2014 campaign. Mesoraco has never played any defensive position outside of catching during his eight year professional career.