Stephenson gave up three runs in the ninth inning while retiring only one batter against the Cubs on Friday, forcing the Reds to turn to Raisel Iglesias to close out the game. Stephenson had entered the game protecting a 6-2 lead, but three hits -- two of them homers -- later and the Reds were hanging on for dear life. This might prevent the Reds from having Iglesias available for more than a batter or two in Saturday's doubleheader.
Stephenson did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless eighth inning during Monday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers. He struck out one. Stephenson was activated from the injured list earlier Monday after dealing with a back strain that held him out since July 25. The right-hander struck out Mike Moustakas to start the frame and got the next two hitters to ground out. Stephenson figures to see substantial action late in ball games going forward.
Stephenson (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday. The right-hander made just one appearance in late July before a back strain forced him to the IL. The 2011 first-round pick fizzled out as a starter but found his niche in relief last year, posting a 3.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 11 holds. He finished third among qualified relievers in swinging-strike rate and should eventually regain a prominent spot near the back of the Reds' bullpen.
Stephenson (back) is with the Reds on the current road trip, and manager David Bell said he'll be activated soon, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The 27-year-old wasn't activated for Sunday's series finale in St. Louis, but he seems likely to rejoin the active roster during the four-game set in Milwaukee, which begins Monday. Stephenson made one appearance before landing on the injured list in late July with the back strain.
Stephenson (back) faced hitters at the Reds' alternate training site Wednesday and is nearing a return, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Stephenson was placed on the injured list July 28 with a back strain. His lone appearance came July 25 when he gave up two runs on in one-third of an inning against Detroit.
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