Skip Schumaker will miss a month

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Skip Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder and will miss about a month.

Schumaker left the game between the Reds and Royals on Friday after making a diving attempt to cut off a line drive hit by Angel Franco in the left centerfield gap in the seventh inning.

Schumaker's glove jammed into the hard ground on the Arizona field. The injury is similar to the injury Ryan Ludwick sustained on opening day last year when his hand jammed into the ground at Great American Ball Park while sliding into third base.

"It was good news actually," Schumaker said. "It is not like Ryan Ludwick. I don't need surgery which would be eight weeks of rehab. Paul (head trainer Lessard) popped it back in."

The veteran utility player signed a two-year contract with the Reds on November 26. He is expected to provide backup at second base and the outfield.

"It was a clean separation. It could have been worse," first-year manager Bryan Price said.

Schumaker, 34, was hitting .441 this spring with a home run and seven RBI.

The injury to Schumaker is the latest to complicate the Reds' roster.

Third baseman Jack Hannahan, the backup for Todd Frazier, has yet to appear in the field. He had surgery on his rotator cuff immediately after last season.

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