The Cincinnati Reds announced that they’ve sent catcher Tyler Stephenson to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment. A little less than a month ago Stephenson was hit by a foul ball on his non-glove hand while behind the plate and suffered a broken thumb. He had been red hot at the plate coming into that game, racking up four straight multi-hit games with two doubles, a home run, and seven runs driven in during that stretch.
At the time of the injury the question many were asking was whether or not Stephenson would be an All-Star. He was hitting .305/.361/.468 on June 9th when he was injured. While Brandon Drury seems like the Reds All-Star representative at this point, Stephenson was having an All-Star caliber season prior to his injury.
Fun fact: When Tyler Stephenson takes the field for the Louisville Bats he will be making his Triple-A debut. He played in Double-A for all of 2019 and then thanks to the pandemic he spent 2020 at the alternate site with a handful of games in Cincinnati. Then in 2021 he made the big league club out of spring training and never looked back.
Tyler Naquin’s big night on rehab
Tyler Stephenson won’t be the only Tyler in Triple-A on rehab for the Reds. Tyler Naquin has been with the Louisville Bats for three games and he had another big night on Sunday as he went 2-4 with a double and a triple.
It seems that Tyler Naquin is doing all that he can to show the front office that he’s ready to go. In his three games he’s gotten on base seven times, doubled, tripled, homered, walked three times, and driven in two runs. He’s hitting .444/.583/1.111, good for an OPS of 1.694 so far.
Cincinnati could certainly use another bat or two on the roster. They’ve been struggling of late, including being 1-hit over the weekend by the Braves on a day that followed them scoring just one run the day before.