ATLANTA -- The Reds announced on Sunday that right-handed reliever Sam LeCure would be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, a problem that has lingered over the past week.
"He pitched last Sunday and he had to come out of the game because of that," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "So we've been very patient trying to wait and see if this thing will subside. And it hasn't."
LeCure had said over the past few days that he felt like he could pitch, but has not seen any game action, which included two lengthy extra-innings affairs with the Phillies and Braves.
Following Saturday's 12-inning loss to the Braves, LeCure posted this message on his Twitter account:
"I don't know what to say folks. I desperately want to pitch, and I feel like I'm wasting space as I'm sure you all do. I'm ready if they call."
A short time after that, a fan tweeted back at LeCure asking him if he was calling out Baker, to which LeCure tweeted: "Absolutely not! I'm just saying that I want to pitch."
Baker, who said he doesn't read tweets, disagreed that LeCure was available.
"With a strained right forearm, you can only throw fastball and changeup. So that's not available," Baker said. "I like his enthusiasm. I like him. Now's not the time for heroism yet. He's tried to warm up a couple times.
"I don't know why he felt the need to tweet it in the first place. That's the perils of tweeting."