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Sam LeCure | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 206
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds avoided arbitration with RHP Sam LeCure by agreeing to a two-year, $3.05 million contract.
LeCure, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, has been an underrated reliever the last three seasons for the Reds, posting a 3.21 ERA while striking out over a batter per frame. Jan 17 - 10:50 AM

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Sam LeCure tossed a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Diamondbacks for his first career save.

LeCure got the call with Aroldis Chapman unavailable after tossing two innings on Wednesday night. His first save didn't come without some drama, as he worked around two hits to secure the victory. The difference in the ballgame was a wild pitch from Eury De La Rosa in the bottom of the eighth inning which allowed Shin-Soo Choo to score from third base.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 03:29:00 PM

Sam LeCure tossed a perfect seventh inning of relief to earn his seventh hold in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Cubs.

Six of LeCure's seven holds have come since May 3, as Dusty Baker has grown increasingly more confident in the 29-year-old. LeCure had a 3.14 ERA as a long reliever in the Reds' bullpen last season and owns a sparkling 1.29 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 21 innings in 2013.
Sun, May 26, 2013 03:14:00 AM

Sam LeCure threw two scoreless innings Sunday in his start against the Indians.

It was likely just a veteran courtesy, as LeCure hasn't started a game in the majors since 2011. LeCure had a 3.14 ERA as a long reliever in the Reds' bullpen last season.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 08:37:00 PM

Sam LeCure allowed three runs -- one earned -- in an inning of work Saturday in his return to the mound.

LeCure hadn't pitched in a few days due to a sore shoulder. The Reds are hoping the issue is behind him.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 03:15:00 AM

Sam LeCure (shoulder) tossed a bullpen session Thursday.

LeCure hasn't pitched in a couple of days because of shoulder soreness, but he is expected to avoid the disabled list. The right-hander has posted a 3.02 ERA and 40/19 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season.
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 07:34:00 PM

Sam LeCure was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

LeCure was slated to test out the shoulder prior to Wednesday's game, though it's not clear how that went. "He said he feels better. He's going to test it today and see where he is," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of LeCure. Baker did not rule out a disabled list stint for the righty. He could conceivably be replaced by Nick Masset, who appears ready to return soon from a shoulder injury of his own.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 07:49:00 PM

Reds activated RHP Sam LeCure from the 15-day disabled list.

LeCure has been out since late May with a forearm strain, but he's ready to assume a long relief role after tossing three shutout innings Sunday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville. He'll return to a 3.18 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 30/8 K/BB ratio over 34 innings.
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 01:13:00 PM

Sam LeCure (forearm) tossed three scoreless innings Sunday in a rehab outing at Triple-A Louisville.

LeCure struck out three while earning a save for the Louisville Bats. He has a 1.35 ERA now in four minor league appearances and should be nearing a return from the disabled list. The versatile right-hander has been out since late May with a forearm strain.
Mon, Jun 20, 2011 03:02:00 PM

Sam LeCure (forearm) is scheduled to throw three innings Saturday in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville.

This will be his fourth and potentially final rehab appearance. "It’s how he feels coming out of that outing," said Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. "We’d like to get up to 40, 45 pitches. He’s going to be the long guy. We’d like to use him like we did prior to the forearm strain, so he’s going to have to give us some length." LeCure won't be available to pitch again until Monday, so the Reds will likely wait to make an official roster move.
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 05:59:00 PM

Sam LeCure (forearm) threw a scoreless rehab inning for Triple-A Louisville Thursday, allowing one walk but no hits.

"Sam pitched well last night," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Baker added that LeCure will pitch again Sunday before throwing two innings on Thursday and two more on June 20. Assuming all goes well, he should be activated after that.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 10:07:00 AM

Sam LeCure (forearm) has joined Triple-A Louisville to begin a rehab assignment.

LeCure is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. It's not clear if he'll be ready then after an appearance or two over the weekend, but if he isn't, it shouldn't be long after that.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 10:53:00 AM

Sam LeCure (forearm) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

"I cut a few loose just to see where we’re at, and that’s kind of a big test throwing downhill," LeCure said. "It’s still a little bit tight, but it’s getting better and better. We’ll see how I respond. If it’s good, I’ll probably get back on the mound Monday." LeCure is eligible for activation from the DL Tuesday, but he's unsure if he'll be ready or if he'll need a rehab assignment first. "I don’t know if they’re going to have me do a rehab assignment," he said. "I don’t think I’m too far removed from game speed."
Sun, Jun 5, 2011 09:50:00 AM

Reds placed RHP Sam LeCure on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.

LeCure reported feeling better this weekend on his personal Twitter account, but he's had trouble getting loose when called upon and will sit out for a couple of weeks as a precautionary measure. The 27-year-old right-hander has posted a strong 3.18 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 34 innings this season for the Redlegs.
Mon, May 30, 2011 10:17:00 AM

Sam LeCure (forearm) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

LeCure has been dealing with a forearm injury and was unable to get loose in order to enter Saturday's game. He'll probably be shut down for a little while in order to let the injury calm down. Tom Cochran will be called up from Triple-A to replace him.
Sun, May 29, 2011 03:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jonathan Broxton
3JJ Hoover
4Sam LeCure
5Manny Parra
6Logan Ondrusek
7Trevor Bell
8Jumbo Diaz
9Carlos Contreras
10Sean Marshall