CHICAGO -- Being a reliever is still new to Reds pitcher Sam LeCure, and the adjustments are happening on the fly. LeCure came up big to preserve the Reds' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday when he entered in the sixth inning with runners on first and second base.

LeCure, a starter for most of his pro career, did allow an RBI single for a run charged to Edinson Volquez and hit a batter to create a bases-loaded jam with no outs. But he worked out of that cleanly, then threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

"It's a little bit different mentality," LeCure said. "You don't have a lot of time to find it -- your location. That's what I get by on. You don't have a lot of time to find it out of the bullpen."

LeCure, currently being used as a long reliever after coming out of the rotation, doesn't view himself as an aspiring setup man.

"If I can be a bridge to them, that's fine," LeCure said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'll do. And I will do it the best I can and the best I know how."

Janish held from lineup with sprained ankle

CHICAGO -- The recent rash of injuries to Reds infielders has taken another one out of the starting lineup. Shortstop Paul Janish was out Saturday because of a sprained right ankle.

"He's very sore. He can't do anything today," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's just getting treatment ... and we hope it subsides tomorrow or the next day."

In the fifth inning of the Reds' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday, Janish was running to third base on Edinson Volquez's sacrifice bunt.

"I was watching them throw to first to see what happens, and I hit the side of the bag and it just rolled over," Janish said. "It's just so tender right now. Whenever I get up on my toe, it's tough to do much. I think it will be a couple of days of taking it easy, and it will be alright. It's nothing too severe, just your standard-issue ankle sprain. There's nothing you can do about it, which really stinks."

Janish, who played third base on Friday, was immediately limping after the play and was looked over by Baker and trainer Steve Baumann, but he was able finish the game.

"It definitely got worse as the game went on," Janish said. "With the adrenaline going from the game, it was OK. As the game went on, it was tightening up pretty good and last night, it just continued to tighten and swell up.

"It was wrapped up real tight before I left the field to kind of compress it. I woke up last night and felt like it had a heartbeat in my ankle."

Chris Valaika started at third base on Saturday; Janish had been playing there because the Reds were already shorthanded. Third basemen Scott Rolen (shoulder) and Juan Francisco (calf) are already on the disabled list, and Miguel Cairo hasn't started a game in a week because of a sore right knee. Edgar Renteria, who started at shortstop Saturday, has been taking grounders at third before games but is not yet comfortable at the position.

Baker didn't anticipate having to make a roster move to get a healthy player.

"Cairo is close. He's available to double switch," Baker said. "That's me not wanting to take a chance right now. I'm just trying to give him every chance to get 100 percent, get better, so it doesn't return or linger."

Dusty made impact on Cubs' skipper Quade

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade holds Reds manager Dusty Baker in high regard, and the respect comes from personal experience. Quade was the Cubs' skipper at Triple-A Iowa when Baker was managing in Chicago.

"So much of my time with Dusty was spent when I was in Iowa, but the way I was treated I'll never forget," Quade said.

Quade joined the Cubs for the last month of 2003 season and was with the Cubs when they clinched the National League Central. Quade assumed that he would be sent home for the offseason during the playoffs.

"[Baker] said, 'No, you're going to the playoffs with us,'" Quade said. "I said, 'You take your best 25, your staff, who has been working all year, and get rid of us idiots and go play.' He was having none of that. I was almost embarrassed and flattered that he wanted me around. The guy's obviously been a very good manager for a long time."

Worth noting

• Triple-A Louisville placed outfielder Dave Sappelt on the disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Sappelt was batting .341/.417/.588 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

• In his latest rehab assignment outing on Friday, Jose Arredondo threw a scoreless inning for Louisville against Buffalo, fanning two batters and allowing a hit.