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Tag:Tom Cochran
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2011 7:35 pm

Baker disagrees with pitcher's tweets

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sam LeCureThe Reds have several tweeters on their team, led by @DatDudeBP (or, if you're not into Twitter, second baseman Brandon Phillips), as well as left-hander Matt Maloney (@Mo56Maloney) and right-hander Sam LeCure (@MrLeCure).

Maloney and LeCure were the only two relievers not used in last week's 19-inning affair against the Phillies. Maloney was later put on the disabled list (and then transferred to the 60-day disabled list earlier today). Instead, Carlos Fisher threw 95 pitches in relief.

Three days later on Saturday, Fisher was back on the mound for an extra-innings affair, because Baker said LeCure wasn't available.

That was apparently news to LeCure, who took to Twitter.

Sam LeCure 

"No. 1, I don't read tweets," Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "No. 2, he was available without all his weapons. What I mean by that with that strained right forearm, he could only throw fastball, change-up. That’s not available to me. To me, I like his enthusiasm. I like him. But now is not the time for heroism.

"We warmed him up a number of times. I don't know why he felt the need to tweet it. That's one of the perils. Plus, he pitched last Sunday in Cleveland and he had to come out of the game because of that. We've been very patient to see if this thing would subside, which it hasn't. This way, it's been a week since he pitched. Fifteen days on the DL, he could pitch in a week. If we used him (Saturday) for one batter, we'd lose him for two weeks."

The Reds placed LeCure on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, making room for left-hander Tom Cochran. 

Dusty didn't say what he thought of LeCure's mustache, but I've got to say, I think it's fantastic.

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