10/03/12 9:11 PM ET
Ludwick 'taking it easy' as he gets back into swing
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"I feel great. I've been taking it easy when I need to take it easy," Ludwick said. "That was kind of my goal. I think the main thing for me was to come back and see some pitches. I think everyone was more worried about my timing at the plate more than anything.
"I feel like since I've come back, I haven't missed a beat at the plate. I'm seeing the ball well. I'm not punching out, which is usually a good sign for me. If I'm striking out a lot, it means I'm not feeling it. I've put some good swings on some balls."
Reds have more trimming to do for NLDS roster
ST. LOUIS -- Now that the Reds know their opponents are the Giants for the National League Division Series, they need to set a roster.
General manager Walt Jocketty and the club will be traveling to San Francisco with 28 players to fill 25 spots. They still have 15 pitchers and 13 position players.
"We haven't had a chance to talk about it," Jocketty said on Wednesday just after the Reds learned they would be the second seed vs. the No. 3 seed Giants. "But, as far as the roster, it won't be much different because of who we play."
Among players that could be on the roster bubble, for this round: relievers Logan Ondrusek, J.J. Hoover and Alfredo Simon and starter Mike Leake. If the club does not carry three catchers, Devin Mesoraco would likely be on the outside looking in.
The Reds also haven't decided whether or not that they would use three or four starting pitchers. If Homer Bailey doesn't get a start, he would work out of the bullpen in the NLDS.
Being sent home for the offseason are pitchers Pedro Villarreal and Todd Redmond. Shortstop Didi Gregorius, infielder Henry Rodriguez, outfielder Denis Phipps and left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani will be going to the team's complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
"They will stay game ready in the event of an injury or something. Everyone else will travel with us," Jocketty said.
Jocketty expected a final roster to be announced following Friday afternoon's workout at AT&T Park.
After they conclude the regular season vs. the Cardinals, the Reds are scheduled to fly directly to San Francisco and not land until around 2 a.m. PT. Because of that, the club is not holding a workout on Thursday.
"That will be an adjustment there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of the time changes. "At least we're coming here before we went there. That's a partial adjustment."
Frazier prepared for any role with Reds in NLDS
ST. LOUIS -- Reds rookie infielder Todd Frazier will be going to his first postseason with the Reds in the National League Division Series vs. the Giants.
With Joey Votto playing first base and Scott Rolen expected to start at third base, Frazier will be a role player in the postseason. As for what to expect with his playing time, he has not been told.
"Nothing. I don't know," said Frazier, who entered the night batting .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs. "It will probably be off the bench. I'll be coming in every day thinking I will be starting. I will keep that positive mindset. You never know when it's go time for me. I'll be ready every inning."
For NLDS, Reds' lineup could be familiar
ST. LOUIS -- The Reds featured Wednesday vs. the Cardinals what could very well be the lineup they show the Giants in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday.
That included center fielder Drew Stubbs batting eighth for the fifth time in the last seven games. Stubbs has struggled throughout the season and came in with his average down to .214 for the season.
"I was thinking we were going to play in San Francisco, and you're going to need your defensive outfield out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's a huge outfield."