GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In what's become a recurring theme this spring, another Reds player is headed for the disabled list. The latest injury came when outfielder Skip Schumaker was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and could miss four weeks.
"Hopefully I will rehab it and be out a month or so, maybe less, and go from there," Schumaker said. "It is a pretty clean dislocation. The MRI was a positive thing. It wasn't like the [Ryan] Ludwick situation, which was my fear. We'll just rehab it and see where it goes."
Last season, on Opening Day, Ludwick separated his shoulder on a head-first slide and missed four months after he needed surgery. Schumaker was relieved that his injury wasn't that severe.
"With dislocations, you never know what's going to happen," Schumaker said. "You obviously want to avoid surgery at all costs. I was hoping for the best and I think I got good news. Hopefully, it's just a couple-of-weeks kind of deal."
Playing left field in the seventh inning vs. the Royals on Friday, Schumaker dove while trying to catch an Angel Franco drive to left-center field. As the ball got past him and went to the wall, Schumaker stayed down.
"My glove stuck in the grass and my body kept going forward," Schumaker said. "That's when it popped out. [Trainer Paul Lessard] came out and popped it back in, in the outfield. So it was pretty instant relief, because I just couldn't move because it was out. It was an awkward-type deal. The grass is so hard and sticky in Arizona that there is no give."
Cincinnati could have six players begin the season on the DL in Schumaker, Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall and Jack Hannahan.
Schumaker was signed to a two-year, $5 million contract as a free agent in the offseason to be a backup outfielder and backup second baseman. His injury could help a non-roster player such as Roger Bernadina, Jason Bourgeois or Kristopher Negron make the club.
Reds manager Bryan Price was glad that Schumaker isn't expected to be out for very long.
"It could have been a lot worse," Price said. "I've gone through that experience myself [in 2005]. It was a major reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and a eight-month recovery. It looks like he's avoided that. If we can get him back in four weeks, we'd be tickled."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.