Ludwick feels good, but scratched due to wet field

Ludwick feels good, but scratched due to wet field

PITTSBURGH -- Recovered from tightness in his left groin, Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick was in the original starting lineup Sunday for the first time since Sept. 19.

But morning showers prompted Ludwick to be scratched as a precaution. Chris Heisey started in left field.

"I don't know how smart it would be to play on a super slick surface," Ludwick said.

Ludwick knocked a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning during the Reds' 2-1 loss vs. the Pirates on Saturday night.

"I came out of the box hot, and after I realized it was a double, I kind of slowed down just because I wanted to be careful," Ludwick said. "I did some drills [Sunday], woke up today feeling fine."

Ludwick, who has been taking batting practice for several days and also facing sliders dealt from a pitching machine, felt like he was seeing the ball well in the batter's box.

"I got a little anxious when I saw the first-pitch slider and that 1-0 count, I was sitting dead red fastball," Ludwick said. "He threw it high, but I was so geared up, I think, that I swung at it."

Ludwick was 2-for-2 in two days when he sent another pinch-hit double into left field in the ninth inning on Sunday. His pinch-runner, Denis Phipps scored the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win over the Bucs.