NL Central: Ludwick Put on DL

The Cardinals placed Ryan Ludwick was on the 15day DL today. Ludwick strained his left hamstring while chasing down a fly ball in last night’s 7-1 loss to the Pirates. The Cards started the season with a surplus of outfielders and now with Ankiel & Ludwick on the disabled list the depth is coming in handy. Top prospect Colby Rasmus and Chris Duncan are now seeing everyday playing time.

The Central is full of big name injuries. The Cards now have Brendan Ryan, Chris Carpenter, Rick Ankiel & Ludwick on the DL. The Cubs have Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez on the DL.

The Cards and the Cubs were the favorites to finish one and two in this division but these injuries have given hope to other NLC teams. The Reds and Brewers are only 1 game behind the Cards for 1st. A lot of people liked the Reds chances this season but in all honesty they don’t have a chance to compete unless the Cards and Cubs remain injury plagued all season.

Houston and Pittsburgh are holding down 5 & 6th place and they still don’t stand a chance. This may turn into a nice battle for 5th place and I definitely give the edge to the Pirates.

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