GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ryan Ludwick's shoulder is back to full strength, which is one of the most encouraging things for the Cincinnati Reds' offence.
With Ludwick ailing last season, they got very little out of left field.
Cincinnati's cleanup hitter tore up his right shoulder while sliding into base on opening day and missed more than half the season. He wasn't fully recovered when he returned, and it showed in his swing. He batted .240 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 38 games.
Overall, Reds left fielders finished in the bottom third of the NL in production. They were 10th with 14 homers combined and scored 70 runs, second-fewest in the league, according to STATS LLC. That's their biggest area for improvement.