The Cincinnati Reds activated right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson from the 10-day injured list this afternoon. To make room for him on the active roster the team designated left-handed reliever Cody Reed for assignment. That move not only opened up a spot on the 28-man roster, but it also cleared a spot on the 40-man roster. That spot isn’t likely to be filled in the short term, as the team will need a spot when Nick Senzel is ready to return. Senzel is currently on the injured list – not to be confused with the 10-day injured list – and as such, does not count towards the 40-man roster until removed from that list.
For Robert Stephenson, he rejoins the team after spending nearly a month on the injured list with a mid-back strain. He has only pitched in one game this season, allowing two earned in 0.1 innings pitched against Detroit on July 25th. In 2019 he broke through as a reliable pitcher out of the Reds bullpen. In 57 games he posted a 3.76 ERA in 64.2 innings with 24 walks (4 intentional) and 81 strikeouts to go along with a 1.04 WHIP.
For Cody Reed, 2020 didn’t go as planned. Out of options he was given a chance to prove himself. But he struggled to throw strikes, walking eight batters in 9.1 innings and allowing 10 hits. He also hit a batter. His ERA in his nine appearances was 5.79, his WHIP was 1.93, and he allowed five of the seven runners he inherited on the bases to score. With that said, he had pitched better of late. He had thrown 6.0 shutout innings in his last five appearances dating back to August 7th. From July 28th through August 6th he allowed six earned in 3.1 innings and allowed 11 base runners.
As John Fay pointed out on twitter after the announcement was made, with Cody Reed now gone (though technically he could remain in the organization if no one picks him up), only Brandon Finnegan remains from the Johnny Cueto trade to Kansas City. Finnegan is over at Prasco Park currently as a part of the Reds 60-man player pool on the alternate roster.