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."
Veteran Minor Leaguer Cochran called up
ATLANTA -- Reds left-handed pitcher Tom Cochran couldn't have picked a better time to be called up to the Majors.
Cochran, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, will get a taste of the big leagues just two hours from where he played college baseball at Middle Georgia Junior College.
The junior college is just over two hours from Turner Field, where the Reds will wrap up a three-game series with the Braves on Sunday night.
"I've got some roommates and stuff coming up to the game tonight," Cochran said. "They were so shocked. I said, 'Hey, I'm in the same boat you guys are.'"
This is Cochran's ninth professional season, but it's his first stint in the Majors. He has more than 180 career appearances in the Minors and has been in the Reds' organization since December 2009.
"I've never had a bigger smile on my face. I'm too excited," he said. "I jumped out of bed, my wife jumped out of bed. I've never had such a good feeling in my life. This is awesome."
Added Reds manager Dusty Baker: "Who knows if this kid will turn into a success story? It already is."
Cochran, who takes the spot of left-hander Matt Maloney on the 40-man roster after he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, was 5-1 with a 4.08 ERA in eight appearances for Louisville. He allowed 13 runs in 28 2/3 innings with 13 strikeouts.
"I throw mostly cutter and changeup," Cochran said. "I like to throw my curveball and my slider, too. But most of my success comes with the cutter and changeup."
The Reds have called up a pitcher from Triple-A three consecutive days now, as Mike Leake started Friday against the Braves before Jeremy Horst was called up a day later. Leake earned the win on Friday while Horst made his Major League debut on Saturday, giving up one run in 2 2/3 innings while collecting an RBI single.
"Players come and go with injuries and everything going on," Cochran said. "That's just how it is. That's just the way baseball is."
Volquez makes solid Triple-A start
ATLANTA -- Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez, who was optioned to Triple-A on Monday, made his first start Saturday for the Louisville Bats, earning a no-decision.
Volquez faced struggles early on, allowing a leadoff triple to Austin Krum before giving up an RBI single to Ramiro Pena. After his offense gave him a lead in the third, the right-hander gave up a two-out game-tying homer to Pena in the eighth.
He departed after that, allowing the two runs on five hits with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.
Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, who is on rehab assignment with the Bats, did not pitch Friday, but is scheduled to pitch Sunday evening. He has not allowed a run in his two appearances thus far. Chapman has been on the disabled list since May 16 with left shoulder inflammation.
In Monday's opener against the Brewers at Great American Ball Park, active military members with proper identification can receive a free View Level ticket. The first 10,000 fans will receive a free mini-stick U.S. flag.
The Reds have lost five consecutive games on Sunday Night Baseball entering the finale against the Braves at Turner Field, including on April 24 against the Cardinals.
As the Reds close out a 10-game road trip, Cincinnati starters are 1-3 with a 7.80 ERA (42 2/3 innings, 37 earned runs) entering Sunday night. The bullpen is 1-4 with a 3.40 ERA and has converted one out of three save opportunities.