CINCINNATI -- Thursday marked a full week that left fielder Ryan Ludwick has been out of the Reds' lineup with tightness in his left groin.
"I want to make sure I'm right before I go out there, because I don't want it to be wrong for the next month," Ludwick said. "I feel like I'm right around the corner. I still feel a little bit in there. I don't feel it's smart with the situation we're in to push it."
Since the Reds have already clinched the National League Central, the club has been extra cautious about not rushing Ludwick back into games. He is batting .276 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs this season.
It's possible that Ludwick could be back on the field as soon as this weekend's series in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, he took full batting practice with the team and has been doing running and agility drills.
"I wanted to get a measurement today on how he felt after he did the work yesterday," acting manager Chris Speier said. "It's at least today and maybe tomorrow, too. Hopefully, maybe he'll get a chance for a pinch-hit first and then get him in there when he's ready."