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55 Robert Stephenson RP

Cincinnati Reds

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August 29, 2020 03:04 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Struggles Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 25, 2020 12:00 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Tosses clean inning in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 24, 2020 05:36 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Back on active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 23, 2020 03:16 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Activation imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 21, 2020 05:00 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Returning in near future
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 28, 2020 05:08 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stephenson was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a back strain.

Stephenson had a rough outing in his first relief appearance of the season, giving up two runs on two hits and no walks while recording one strikeout as the only out he logged. However, the injury may have had something to do with his struggles, and he'll be sidelined for a minimum of 10 days. It's unclear exactly how much time he'll miss.

July 26, 2020 12:40 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Rough outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stephenson allowed a homer to Austin Romine and a subsequent single to JaCoby Jones on Saturday, with Jones later coming around to score in the Reds' loss to the Tigers.

Stephenson was one of three Reds relievers to allow a homer in the loss. He was behind schedule in summer camp due to a wrist issue and might not yet be up to speed.

July 14, 2020 12:32 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Throwing live batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stephenson (wrist) hasn't appeared in a scrimmage yet, but threw live batting practice Sunday at the Reds' secondary training facility at Prasco Park, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Stephenson is expected to play a pivotal role in the Reds' bullpen after a breakout season in that capacity last year, though he might not be at full strength right away.

July 9, 2020 02:04 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Returns from sore wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stephenson returned to Cincinnati's summer camp Thursday after missing time with a sore wrist, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

It doesn't sound like the issue was anything overly serious, as Stephenson missed just a couple of days as a result. The right-hander established himself in Cincinnati's bullpen in 2019, posting a 3.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 81:24 K:BB across 64.2 innings of relief.

February 21, 2020 01:48 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Holding opposing runners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 21, 2019 09:52 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Sent home with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 15, 2019 12:04 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Bright spot in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 16, 2019 10:08 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 9, 2019 07:52 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: To begin rehab stint Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 31, 2019 02:00 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 29, 2019 02:44 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Rare bad outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 24, 2019 01:48 PM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Gets second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 12, 2019 10:32 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Gets win Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 11:52 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Earns place on roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 02:12 AM
Reds' Robert Stephenson: Struggles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stephenson allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over two innings Monday against the Braves, Ben Weinrib of 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."

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vs LHB 24.200 5.1101730
vs RHB 39.000 3.000750
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