Stephens cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
Stephens pitched at least 25 innings in the big leagues in both 2017 and 2018 but did not see another opportunity in 2019. He spent the entirety of the year with Louisville, where he posted a 5.14 ERA in 84 innings.
Stephens was moved to minor-league camp Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Stephens has thrown 63.1 innings for the Reds over the last two seasons, recording a mediocre 4.83 ERA. He could be back with the Reds at some point this season when injuries strike the team's bullpen.
Stephens (knee) was activated from the 10-day DL on Wednesday.
Stephens will rejoin the bullpen after spending the past five weeks on the shelf due to a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The 24-year-old was able to pitch in seven Triple-A games while on a rehab assignment, including a three-inning outing against Indianapolis on Friday. Look for him to be available immediately versus the Brewers on Wednesday. In a corresponding move, Amir Garrett (foot) was put on the DL.
Stephens (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Stephens landed on the disabled list July 24 with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, so it's encouraging to see him head out on a minor-league rehab stint so soon. He'll toss one inning or 20-to-25 pitches Tuesday and will likely build from there. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch, the 24-year-old righty could find himself back in the big-league bullpen before the end of the month. Prior to suffering the injury, Stephens compiled a 4.82 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 28 innings as a long reliever for the Reds.
Stephens was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.
While the move is retroactive to Monday, Stephens' season is likely over, given the nature of the injury. The 24-year-old righty logged a 4.82 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 28 innings as a long reliever out of the big-league bullpen.
Stephens threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief Wednesday against the Braves and got the win when the Reds rallied to take the lead in the seventh inning and held on.
Stephens lowered his ERA to 4.08 over 17.2 innings with the outing. After getting four big-league starts last year, Stephens has been limited to middle relief with the big club this year. He has improved his control considerably since getting the call, allowing just two walks.
Stephens was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
In two separate stints with the Reds earlier this season, Stephens had a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings. He struck out a mediocre 18.5 percent of batters while walking just 3.1 percent. In a corresponding move, Austin Brice was optioned to Triple-A.
Stephens was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
Stephens was sent to the minors to clear a spot on the roster for Tuesday's starter, Anthony DeSclafani, who was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move. The 24-year-old Stephens owns a serviceable 4.20 ERA across 15 innings with the Reds this season, so he should find his way back to the majors when additional bullpen help is needed.
Stephens was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
The 23-year-old will make a return trip to the big leagues after a month in the minors. He struggled in his first cup of coffee with Cincinnati, allowing two runs in his lone inning of work. His numbers in the minors weren't much better, as he produced a 5.04 ERA in five starts for the Bats. Stephens will look to bounce back in his current stint as the Reds' long reliever, replacing Kevin Shackelford on the active roster.
Stephens was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday
Stephens had been up with the team providing bullpen depth, as the Reds had been dealing with several injured relievers, as well as the absence of Raisel Iglesias (paternity list). He pitched in one game while with Cincinnati, allowing two earned runs on three hits in the lone appearance. With Iglesias back Sunday, Stephens will head back to the minors, where he served primarily as a starter in 2017.
Stephens was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
With both David Hernandez (shoulder) and Kevin Shackelford (elbow) landing on the DL, Stephens will return to provide depth in the Reds' bullpen. Stephens had more walks (8) than strikeouts (5) in Cactus League play.
Stephens was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as Stephens entered spring training as a long shot to break camp with the Reds and did nothing in camp to change that (15.12 ERA, 2.40 WHIP across 8.1 innings). He'll serve as organizational pitching depth at Triple-A, where he posted a 4.92 ERA across 139 innings in 2017.
Stephens gave up five runs in one inning against the White Sox on Wednesday on two walks and three hits, including a grand slam by prospect Luis Robert.
Stephens has struggled so far this spring, seeing his ERA rise to 14.29 after this outing. He was already a long shot to make the team, but this poor start might end his chances earlier rather than later.
Stephens is expected to compete for a spot in the Reds' rotation during spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Despite last season's tough showing, Stephens will have the chance to earn another shot in the Cincinnati rotation. During the 2017 campaign he pitched seven games, four of which were starts, and logged a 4.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 25 innings. Should the Reds decide to open the season with a different starter in their fifth rotation spot, Stephens could still be used as a reliever.
Stephens (2-1) took the loss Saturday, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings against the Cubs.
He failed to build on the momentum from his strong outing against Boston last week, giving up a couple run-scoring hits to Kyle Schwarber, including a homer. Stephens hides the ball pretty well with his delivery, but his stuff is mediocre. While the 23-year-old should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, he will need to show something more before he warrants consideration in standard formats.
Stephens allowed one run on two hits and two walks across six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Red Sox. He struck out three.
Stephens limited baserunners to great effect for most of the day, with the only real damage against him coming on a solo home run from Rafael Devers in the fifth inning. He was in line for the win upon his removal after the sixth, but a late collapse from the bullpen prevented that from happening. Stephens was coming off a rough outing earlier in the week, but this solid performance lowered his ERA down to a respectable 3.86. The 23-year-old is pitching for a spot in the 2018 rotation and will look to finish this year strong with Saturday's start against the Cubs.
Stephens gave up five runs on five hits -- including two homers -- and a walk over 3.2 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
After a strong three-inning relief appearance against these same Redbirds last week, Stephens got shifted into the rotation to start against them, and it didn't go too well. Of course, this is a guy who posted a 4.92 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in Triple-A this season, so it was hard to expect much from him for fantasy purposes in the first place.
Stephens will move into the Reds' starting rotation, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
It sounds like Stephens' second career big-league start will come Tuesday in the series opener against St. Louis. The 23-year-old right-hander has fared well so far in the big leagues, but his numbers over a larger body of work at Triple-A Louisville leave much to be desired (4.92 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 110:51 K:BB). He works mostly fastball-curveball and profiles as a bullpen arm long term.
Stephens was recalled by the Reds on Tuesday.
Stephens will add more depth out of the bullpen for the Reds during the month of September. He's only appeared in one game for the club this season, giving up three earned runs in five innings against the Cubs on July 1. The right-hander has consistently struggled over the past month and a half for Triple-A Louisville, sporting a 5.56 ERA and giving up multiple runs during every outing since July 14. Although Stephens has the ability to miss bats, he's been hit around by Triple-A batters, and is unlikely to see many high-leverage situations with the big-league team.
Stephens is a candidate to return to the Reds' rotation after the All-Star break, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds have a road series against the Rockies (i.e. Coors Field) and wanted to have an extra reliever for that series, hence Stephens' demotion Sunday despite his good performance against the Cubs on Saturday.
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