"Not when he's played five-six innings and is 2-for-12," manager Dusty Baker said. "There was no way I figured we'd have him for the Cardinals anyway. He said he needs 30 [at-bats]. I think he needs at least 50. He's not only operating from behind, he's operating from way behind. But he's worked his butt off to get to this point."
Ludwick has not played for the Reds since Opening Day, and he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Cincinnati has struggled from the right side of the plate at times this season and the offense has been in a major funk during a four-game losing streak entering Tuesday.
The club will still not rush Ludwick back to the lineup.
"We've got to have some guys to produce here. We can't wait on Ludwick," Baker said.
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