Ryan Ludwick won’t be back until mid-August

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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.

Report: Dodgers to sign Joe Kelly to three-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are close to signing reliever Joe Kelly. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for three years and around $25 million.

Kelly, 30, posted a 4.39 ERA with a 68/32 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen during the regular season in 2018. He turned it up a notch in the postseason, limiting the opposition to two runs (one earned) in 11 1/3 innings with a 13/0 K/BB ratio.

With the Red Sox, Kelly mostly pitched seventh and eighth innings ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel. He will likely do the same ahead of closer Kenley Jansen, sharing the workload with Pedro Báez.