CINCINNATI -- Relief pitcher Sam LeCure returned to the mound for Cincinnati hours after the team reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. LeCure pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Reds in the team's 4-2 loss in the first leg of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees. The team also optioned starting pitcher Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. Wood is 5-5 with a 5.11 ERA, including a loss against New York on Monday during which the southpaw allowed four earned on eight hits in seven innings. LeCure, who had not pitched for Cincinnati since May 22 due to a strained right forearm, allowed one hit -- a one-out double by shortstop Eduardo Nunez. LeCure recovered by starting a rundown to pick off Nunez, and the inning was over after Ramiro Pena popped out to second.
"Obviously, we would have liked the game to go a different way," LeCure said. "But it was good to get out there, get my feet wet again, just kind of get reacclimated to being up here and some of the adrenaline that comes with it. Overall, I felt good. I felt like I missed a couple spots, but I had enough life on [my pitches] to where it didn't cost us too bad." LeCure was 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA in four rehab appearances with Louisville, and he said he started to feel back to his normal self during his June 11 appearance. Prior to being optioned, Wood was scheduled to start for the Reds against the Orioles on Sunday. Manager Dusty Baker said Homer Bailey will probably take Wood's spot in the rotation.