Schumaker's hustle leads to injured left shoulder

Schumaker's hustle leads to injured left shoulder

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds are hoping to get good news after another injury to one of their players. Utility player Skip Schumaker was forced to leave Friday's 9-3 win over the Royals in the seventh inning with a left shoulder injury.

Schumaker was playing left field when Angel Franco lined a drive to left-center field, where Schumaker unsuccessfully attempted to dive for the ball and stayed down after it got past him and went to the wall.

"Initially, we thought he was staying down so [center fielder Chris] Heisey would have a clear path to throw the ball in," Reds manager Bryan Price said. When we saw Heisey wave us out there, we knew it was more than that."

Schumaker, who underwent tests on his shoulder, signed a two-year, $5 million contract during the offseason as a free agent.

Price had no problem with Schumaker being aggressive on the play.

"The thing is you want your guys in a situation like that to make every effort to keep that ball from going into the gap, and he did that," Price said. "We don't want guys diving into the wall or full speed jumping into the seats, but laying out for a ball like that should be consistent with what we do with all of our players. There is no doubt that Skip is hard-nosed and puts everything out there type of guy. We expect nothing less from him."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.