The second half of the season got out to a terrible start for the Cincinnati Reds. In the 1st inning of the first game after the All-Star break Tyler Stephenson took a foul ball off of his right shoulder. The trainer came out and checked on him and he remained in the game. The next play was a chopper in front of the plate that Stephenson fielded and as he pulled his arm back to throw to first he winced in pain, didn’t throw the ball, and went to a knee – dropping the ball at his feet in the process. He then left the game and was replaced by Michael Papierski.
Update at 8:40pm ET
The Cincinnati Reds announced that Stephenson broke his right clavicle – also known as his collar bone. His timetable for return is still unknown.
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It’s been a tough season for Tyler Stephenson in his second full season in the big leagues. He broke his thumb earlier in the year after he took a foul ball off of it. Stephenson missed a month due to that injury, returning for the week prior to the All-Star break. He played in seven games and had hits in six of them. The catcher is hitting .319/.372/.482 on the season.
The Reds are not in a good situation with catchers right now. Backup catcher Aramis Garcia is currently on the injured list with a finger injury. If Stephenson has to head back to the injured list it will mean that it’s likely Michael Papierski would become the starting catcher. Mark Kolozsvary is the only other catcher that is currently on the 40-man roster. He’s been up with Cincinnati a few different times this season. He’s currently in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. He’s played in 24 games with the Bats (and another four with Double-A Chattanooga), and he’s hitting .200/.302/.333. In his seven games with the Reds this year he’s gone 1-11 with a double and five strikeouts.
Earlier this year the team opted to call up Chris Okey, adding him to the 40-man roster, instead of calling up Kolozsvary. Okey was designated for assignment and sent to Triple-A and is no longer on the 40-man roster, He’s played in 31 games with Louisville this season and is hitting .264/.319/.448 on the season. He went 2-12 in seven games when he was up with the Reds.