Stephenson spent a good part of his offseason working on improving against opposing baserunners, who were six of seven in stolen-base attempts against him, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
After struggling to gain a foothold in the majors, Stephenson took a major step forward in the bullpen in 2019 and can now afford to refine certain weaknesses, like his ability to hold runners. He'll likely be deployed in a higher-leverage role than he was last season.
Stephenson was sent home Saturday with flu-like symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The bug has been making its rounds in the Reds' clubhouse since their series in Seattle. Stephenson was one of five players sent home. It's hard to imagine we see Stephenson again before Tuesday.
Stephenson was fantastic in relief on Sunday against the Rockies, throwing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.
Stephenson had been a little shaky since coming off the IL in mid-June, but he's been strong in two outings after the All-Star break. With David Hernandez really struggling, Stephenson's role in the bullpen could be changed to include more critical situations soon.
Stephenson (neck) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Stephenson landed on the IL with the neck strain at the end of May and made two rehab appearances with Triple-A Louisville to clear the way for his activation. The 26-year-old has a 3.96 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 35:10 K:BB through 25 innings this season.
Stephenson (neck) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Stephenson has been on the shelf since May 31 due to a neck strain, but he's set to take a step forward in his rehab process. He'll likely only need a few minor-league appearances prior to being activated considering he's only been on the injured list for 10 days.
Stephenson was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a cervical strain.
Stephenson apparently sustained the injury Tuesday when he allowed two runs over 1.2 innings versus the Pirates. The move is retroactive to Wednesday so the 26-year-old will be eligible to return June 8, though the severity of the injury remains unclear.
Stephenson gave up two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night against the Pirates, allowing two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings, striking out two.
With the outing Stephenson's ERA jumped to 3.96, as he's starting to struggle a little bit in the month of May.
Stephenson (2-0) struck out both batters he faced Tuesday night and got the win when the Reds rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Braves.
Stephenson continues to impress. His ERA is down to 1.50 and his WHIP down to 0.67, and he has 18 strikeouts against just two walks in 12 innings so far. His velocity and his command have both improved, and his slider in particular has become a huge plus pitch.
Stephenson pitched a scoreless inning in relief of the injured Sonny Gray on Thursday and got the win.
Pitching in relief has suited Stephenson well so far in this young season. He has allowed one run over 6.1 innings, striking out eight batters while giving up three hits and a walk. The competition level picks up for Reds pitchers soon, with them embarking on a West Coast road swing.
The Reds informed Stephenson on Tuesday that he would be included on the Opening Day roster, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Stephenson closed spring training out on a rough note Monday against the Braves by giving up two runs over two innings, but he turned in a clean slate over his prior two appearances in Cactus League play. That ultimately proved to be enough for Stephenson to secure the final available bullpen spot over Matt Wisler, who was reassigned to the minors. Expect Stephenson to work in lower-leverage spots in long relief for as long as he remains on the 25-man roster.
Stephenson allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over two innings Monday against the Braves, Ben Weinrib of MLB.com reports.
Stephenson is battling for the final two bullpen spots for the Reds along with Wandy Peralta and Matt Wisler. Manager David Bell said before the game that Monday's outing wouldn't be the sole determinant of who gets the spots. "I don't think that's the best way to make a decision," Bell said before the game. "That being said, it has come down to the last day, and that's because we're trying to make the best decision we possibly can, and it's a difficult one. You never want to make a decision based on one day."
Stephenson (shoulder) made his spring training debut Tuesday night, throwing a scoreless inning against the White Sox.
That Stephenson pitched in a major-league spring training game instead of a "B" game might indicate that the team isn't viewing a DL trip to begin the season as a possibility. With him out of options, the Reds' choices on what to do with him are limited.
Stephenson (shoulder) threw 11 of 15 pitches for strikes in a "B" game Friday against the Indians. Afterward manager David Bell called the outing a great sign, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
Stephenson still has a long way to go to ramp up for the regular season. He's out of options, so if he's not ready to go he'll either have to go on the injured list or clear waivers before Opening Day.
Stephenson (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch Thursday in a "B" game versus the Indians, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
It's the first game action of any kind for Stephenson, who has eased along slowly this spring after reporting to camp with an inflamed right shoulder. The shoulder issue may have damaged Stephenson's chances of breaking camp with the big club, but if he experiences no setbacks Thursday and in any Cactus League appearances that might follow, he may not need much rehab time at Triple-A Louisville before joining the Cincinnati bullpen.
Stephenson (shoulder) will be required to throw another live batting practice session Sunday before taking the next step of getting into a game, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Stephenson had a previous batting practice session Thursday, but he's definitely behind schedule in his attempt to be ready for Opening Day. Because Stephenson is out of options, it's likely that the Reds will begin the season by putting him on the IL and having him go on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville.
Stephenson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Stephenson has been behind his teammates for most of spring due to a shoulder injury. The Reds have been encouraged by his recent progress, and if everything goes as planned during Thursday's session, the right-hander's next step could be pitching in a game.
Stephenson (shoulder) still isn't scheduled for game action yet, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
That said, the Reds are encouraged with the work that he has been doing. "He's getting closer. He's progressing. Nothing but positive reports," manager David Bell said.
Stephenson (shoulder) is still behind his Reds teammates in workouts this spring but is getting closer, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I think he's real close to being back on a normal routine," manager David Bell said.
Stephenson has an uphill battle to make the Reds' Opening Day roster even without the injury, though that he lacks options works in his favor. He'll get stretched out as a starter even though he's not competing for the fifth starter's job.
Stephenson is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Stephenson really struggled with shoulder tendinitis down the stretch last season, so it's concerning that he's already dealing with it again this spring. Making matters tougher is that he's out of options this spring.
Stephenson is not expected to open the season in Cincinnati's starting rotation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Manager David Bell suggested the team's Opening Day rotation will be comprised of Luis Castillo, Alex Wood, Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark and Anthony DeSclafani, leaving Stephenson to fill a long-relief/swingman role for the big club if he wants to open the season in the majors. The soon-to-be 26-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA and 10.8 K/9 across 20 starts with Triple-A Louisville in 2018, but he struggled across four appearances (three starts) for the big club, posting a 9.26 ERA, 2.49 WHIP and 11:12 K:BB in 11.2 innings.
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