P.K. Yonge alum Robinson called up by Reds
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.
Former P.K. Yonge School standout outfielder Derrick Robinson was promoted to the majors by the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Robinson was called up to replace Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who is expected to miss at least three months because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati's opening 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. He had surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage.
Manager Dusty Baker said Ludwick is expected to be sidelined for 13 to 14 weeks.
Robinsons' contract was purchased from Triple-A Louisville. Robinson, 25, batted .300 in 22 spring games after being signed in the offseason as a Minor League free agent.
Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He batted .268 in 116 games last season for the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in Omaha. A switch-hitter, he has never played in the big leagues.
The Reds don't have an experienced outfielder in the minors who was the obvious choice to fill in. Robinson had a solid spring training and impressed the Reds with his speed, something their roster lacks. Baker said that gave him the advantage over others.
“(Robinson) was the guy that looked the best and was the guy we thought could help us,” Baker said.
The outfielder was solid all-around during spring training, which worked in his favor.
“Everything I did, I was focused,” Robinson said. “I didn't give away any at-bat or was lackadaisical in the outfield or fell asleep on the base paths.”