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Ryan Ludwick follows Derrek Lee to Pirates’ disabled list

Ryan Ludwick

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Ryan Ludwick reaches for the ball hit by San Diego Padres’ Kyle Blanks that got by him and scored Orlando Hudson in the second inning of the baseball game Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh. The hit was ruled a triple. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


At the trade deadline the Pirates chose not to make any high-impact moves, instead acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in the hopes that the pair of underperforming veterans would turn things around at modest prices.

Since then the Pirates have plummeted out of the playoff picture, with Lee playing just five games before being placed on the disabled list with a fractured wrist, and now Ludwick has joined him on the shelf with back spasms.

Ludwick hit just .262 with one homer and a .722 OPS in 21 games before the injury, which isn’t exactly the type of right-handed thump the Pirates were hoping for from the 32-year-old outfielder.