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.