Ryan Ludwick has been on the disabled list since separating his shoulder on Opening Day, but the Reds outfielder is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Single-A.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’s been hitting for two weeks and began taking batting practice with the Reds a few days ago, but according to Ludwick “it’s obviously going to be a longer rehab assignment.”
He’ll get a maximum of 20 days to rehab, although that clock can be restarted at any time if there’s a setback or a new injury. Either way, it sounds like early August is probably the targeted return date right now.
Ludwick hit .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games last season, re-signing with the Reds on a two-year, $15 million deal. In his absence Cincinnati’s left fielders have hit a combined .245 with nine homers and a .700 OPS in 98 games.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers. The Phillies are creating space on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline on Tuesday.
Bour, 30, opened the season with the Marlins but was traded to the Phillies in August in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Overall, Bour hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.
Bour doesn’t really have a spot on the Phillies’ roster considering he is strictly a first baseman and the Phillies already have Carlos Santana. The Phillies may try to trade Santana to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base from left field.
If Bour clears waivers, he can reject an outright assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent. However, considering how slow-moving the market for bat-only 1B/DH types has been in recent years, Bour may have trouble latching on with a new team on a guaranteed major league contract. If Bour is claimed, the claiming team will be responsible for paying him as he enters his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Bour to earn a salary of $5.2 million in 2019.