CINCINNATI — Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into third base in the third inning of Cincinnati’s season opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Shin-Soo Choo opened the inning with a double and advanced on a groundout. Ludwick walked with two outs. Choo scored on Jered Weaver’s wild pitch, sliding home just ahead of the tag, and Ludwick continued on to third base. His right arm caught in the dirt on a headfirst slide.
Ludwick was safe but immediately grabbed the side of his shoulder and left the game. He’s slated to have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the shoulder injury.
REPORT HAS TEXAS, ANDRUS REACHING DEAL: ESPN.com reported that the Texas Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $120 million.
Andrus, 24, hit .286 with three home runs and 62 RBIs last season. He went 0 for 4 in Sunday night’s season-opening loss at Houston.
With the two years left on his current deal and the eight additional years, Andrus would earn more than $131 million over the next 10 seasons.
ORTIZ SAYS HE’S ‘FEELING GOOD’: Boston designated hitter David Ortiz said he is making progress in his recovery from soreness in both heels, and he hopes to play in minor league or extended spring training games next week.
Ortiz is on the 15-day disabled list, but he was in New York with the Red Sox on Monday. He is set to go back to the club’s complex in Fort Myers, Fla., to continue his rehabilitation Thursday.
“Feeling good, very good. I’m at the point right now that it’s more stable than what it used to be,” he said. “Seems like we’re moving forward.”
PAYROLL RECORD SET: The New York Yankees set a record for baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players.
The Los Angeles Dodgers at $214.8 million are only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier.
Houston was last at $27.3 million, down from about $61 million opening day last year. Houston’s payroll is the lowest since the 2008 Florida Marlins were at $22 million.
Around the majors
Major League Baseball asked all 30 teams to wear patches on their uniforms during openers to honor the dead and those affected by the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Each patch includes the Newtown seal, a black memorial ribbon and 26 small stars. The Yankees listed the names of the 20 children and six educators who died on the video board in center field during a moment of silence. ... Wearing his old Braves jersey, Chipper Jones threw out the first pitch before the Braves’ game against the Phillies — a strike to Brian McCann. ...
The Cubs placed second baseman Darwin Barney on the 15-day disabled list with a laceration on his left knee. Chicago activated infielder Alberto Gonzalez to replace him. ... The commissioner’s office said 28.1 percent of MLB players on opening day rosters were born outside of the United States. It’s the fourth-highest amount in big league history, trailing last season, 2007, and 2005. Also, average ticket prices rose 2.7 percent to $27.73 for non-premium seats, the steepest rise since a 5 percent hike in 2009. ... The Yankees held a moment of silence for Bob Turley, the 1958 Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP who died Saturday at age 82.