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Ludwick to Undergo Surgery

Could Cozart Provide Answer Hitting Second?

The Reds re-vamped their lineup over the season by acquiring Shin-Soo Choo to lead off and re-signing Ryan Ludwick to clean up releasing Brandon Phillips to move into the number two slot ahead of Joey Votto. Just two games into the season that plan has been put on hold from Ludwick's injury and it appears Phillips will once again get pulled back into the fourth slot.

It was no surprise yesterday when the announcement was made that Ryan Ludwick would require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his shoulder after he dislocated it sliding into third base during the Reds opening game Monday. While it is uncertain who will be batting cleanup for Cincinnati in the immediate future, one thing for sure is it won't be Ludwick which will leave manager Dusty Baker...

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