Re: Ludwick out until at least mid-August
If the Reds could have Ludwick back by August 26th near 100%, the Reds could really use his bat for the beginning of a three game series in St. Louis. After that series, the Reds have an off day and then head to Colorado for three before coming home for four against the Cardinals.
While the above is wishful thinking, I do agree with mth that the Reds should look at adding a bat (if the price is right) before the deadline. A corner outfield bat and a bullpen arm (or two) is at the top of my trade deadline wishlist. If a starter could be had at Feldman-like prices, I wouldn't mind the Reds making that kind of move either.