CINCINNATI -- After Sunday's 3-2 Reds win in 13 innings over the Padres, outfielder Derrick Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville and left fielder Ryan Ludwick was activated from the disabled list.
Robinson, who was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the game, batted .254 in 84 games this season. He had been up since the second game of the season after Ludwick went on the DL when he tore the labrum in his right shoulder on Opening Day.
"That was a tough decision to send Robinson back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "But he will be back in a couple of weeks and on our playoff roster. His shoulder was bothering him some and we gave him a couple of days off. He was the only one who had options. Sometimes, you can't make the moves that you want."
Robinson made 35 starts, including 28 in left field. The other reserve outfielder, Xavier Paul, isn't as good defensively than the speedy Robinson, but he was out of Minor League options.
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