09/26/12 6:28 PM ET
Navarro making presence felt when called upon
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"I'm just here to chip in," Navarro said. "Every time I get the opportunity, I just want to contribute and help the team win. I'm just trying to make the best out of every opportunity I get and don't waste it and don't put pressure on myself. Just go out there and play the way I know how to play and keep helping the team."
While Ryan Hanigan was being rested with a bruised shoulder, Navarro caught ace Johnny Cueto for the first time this season on Tuesday as he worked seven strong innings.
"We'd like to get Navarro to be able to catch all of our guys," acting manager Chris Speier said. "With our situation the way it was, with Hanigan needing just a little bit of a blow ... this gave us a chance to catch Navarro, and he did a great job."
Baker not yet managing, but staying involved
CINCINNATI -- While he is not yet in the dugout during Reds games, or meeting with the media, manager Dusty Baker is staying busy working behind the scenes.
Baker, who is recovering from a minor stroke, arrived at Great American Ball Park early Wednesday afternoon and stayed for several hours. He is involved in meetings about the postseason roster and has been speaking with players in his office.
Wednesday's Reds lineup vs. the Brewers also had Baker's fingerprints on it.
"We're kind of working together a little bit with it," bench coach and acting manager Chris Speier said. "I wasn't sure what his plans were, so I had a lineup. I brought it in to him, and we kind of tweaked it a little bit. He's very active in that, believe me. I respect that, too. I wasn't about to hand a lineup over without checking with him first."
The Reds currently plan on having Baker back on the bench Monday for the final regular-season series at St. Louis.
Jocketty, Reds formulating postseason rosters
CINCINNATI -- With a little more than a week remaining before they begin the National League Division Series vs. a yet-to-be known opponent, the Reds are making evaluations and holding discussions regarding the postseason roster.
General manager Walt Jocketty must submit a 25-man roster, and there will be some names left off.
"It will be tough. It's also nice because we have some depth this year," Jocketty said on Wednesday. "But it will be tough, especially with the pitching when we get down to the end. We've talked about it, and we'll talk about it some more. We'll make our final decision next week when we know who we're playing."
Depending on whether they get the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, the Reds could likely play either the Giants, Braves or Cardinals in the NLDS.
"It could depend on who we play and how guys match up against different teams," Jocketty said of his club's roster.
Reds manager Dusty Baker has been, and will continue to be, involved in the meetings as he recovers from a minor stroke.
"We had a meeting yesterday and talked a little bit more about it today," Jocketty said. "We won't get into the final stuff until next week in St. Louis."
Since all teams can reset their rosters after each round of the postseason, the Reds will have a "taxi squad" of extra players who could be added. In 2010, they sent some players to the team complex in Goodyear, Ariz., to work out and stay sharp.
"We'll do that again," Jocketty said.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who has not played since Sept. 19 at Chicago because of a tight left groin, is close to getting more aggressive with his rehab.
"I think he's gotten over the hump," Speier said. "We're [looking] for him to start maybe doing some real strong weight-bearing things on that hip and groin area and see if we can get some baseball things involved with that."
The Reds are trying to finish with the best record in baseball, a feat the team hasn't achieved since the strike-shortened 1981 season. Because of the split-season format used that year, when they finished second after both halves, the Reds still missed the postseason.