The assumption after Ryan Ludwick underwent April shoulder surgery was that he would miss around three months. But it’s going to be closer to five.
C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to Ludwick Saturday about his timetable. “People seem to be under the impression that I’ll be back in the middle of July and that’s a complete lie,” Ludwick said. “I can’t even resume baseball activities until July 3, so it’s at least the middle of August.”
“I can’t even throw a baseball or swing a bat until July,” the 34-year-old continued. “I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do. … You take three, four months from throwing a baseball, it’s going to take a while to get your arm back in shape.”
Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million free agent contract with the Reds in December after batting .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games last season. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson will continue to split time in left field until Chris Heisey is recovered from his right hamstring strain.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.