Reds keeping close tabs on LeCure's shoulder

Reds keeping close tabs on LeCure's shoulder

CINCINNATI -- Even with the off-day on Monday, the Reds were operating short in the bullpen during Tuesday's series opener vs. the Mets. And there were still some questions on availability for Wednesday.

That was because relievers Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton have been bothered by sore shoulders. LeCure, who has inflammation, was expected to try throwing pregame on Wednesday.

"He said he feels better. He's going to test it today and see where he is," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of LeCure.

LeCure is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 33 games during a very solid season for Cincinnati. He has an 0.75 ERA over his last 12 appearances, but he has not pitched since working two-thirds of an inning on Friday vs. the Cubs.

Baker did not rule out the possibility that LeCure might need to go on the disabled list.

"This guy has been big in our bullpen, because he can do a lot of things," Baker said. "Fortunately for us, we got deep in the game last night, which allows us some luxury today. If we go deep in the game today, it allows us some luxury tomorrow not to have to have to use him. If it doesn't get better, then we have to make a decision, but right now, we're not at that point."

If LeCure did have to go on the DL, it could clear a roster spot, temporarily, to activate Nick Masset. Masset, who has not pitched all season because of a shoulder injury, was slated to make his latest rehab assignment outing Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville.