Ryan Ludwick Sidelined with Back Spasms

The Pittsburgh Pirates late season injury problems continue, as the club placed outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15 day disabled list with back spasms.  Pittsburgh recalled Pedro Ciriaco to take Ludwick’s roster spot.

Ludwick hasn’t started a game since Sunday, as his back has locked up on him over the past few days.  He did make a late appearance in Monday’s game, so the move to the DL is retroactive to Tuesday.  Ludwick is eligible to return for the Pirates September 6th.

Pittsburgh acquired Ludwick in late July, and he’s hit at a clip of .262/.368/.354 with 1 home run and 7 RBI’s since joining the club.  On the year, Ludwick posted an OPS of .681 with 12 home runs, 21 doubles and 71 RBI’s.

The Pirates are now down both of the offensive additions they brought in at the deadline this season.  Ludwick joins veteran first baseman Derrek Lee on the disabled list.  Lee has been out since early August, dealing with a fracture in his left wrist.

Earlier this week, Pittsburgh also lost a pair of starters, as Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia landed on the DL.  Correia strained his left oblique while Maholm has a strain in his throwing shoulder.

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Tags: Derrek Lee Kevin Correia Paul Maholm Pedro Ciriaco Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Ludwick

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