The Cincinnati Reds have officially called up catcher Mark Kolozsvary from Triple-A Louisville and placed Tyler Stephenson on the 10-day injured list. C. Trent Rosecans of The Athletic reported on Friday night that it would be Kolozsvary that would be getting the call up.
Tyler Stephenson had just returned from the injured list a week prior to the All-Star break after he broke his thumb on a foul ball while he was behind the plate. Last night he took another foul ball while behind the plate and this one caught him on his collarbone. He initially remained in the game, but when he went to throw a ball to first base he really felt the pain from the break and couldn’t attempt the throw, exiting the game to go get an x-ray. There’s no timetable for his return at this point. Stephenson said after the game that the good news is that his break does not require surgery as long as everything heals properly.
With Aramis Garcia also on the injured list with an injured finger, the Reds will now be leaning on a catching duo of Michael Papierski and Mark Kolozsvary. They have as many hits in the big leagues in their career as Tyler Stephenson has home runs this season – six. Kolozsvary has seen time in Double-A and Triple-A this year, as well as a brief stint in Cincinnati, too. In the minors this year he’s hitting .188/.317/.306 in 28 games played. He went 1-11 in his seven games with the Reds earlier this year.
Stephenson was hitting .319/.372/.482 at the time of the injury, and was one of the better hitting catchers in Major League Baseball this year. Those are going to be some pretty big shoes to fill, and it’s probably unrealistic to expect those guys to step in and perform to that level. Both Papierski and Kolozsvary are more known for their defensive contributions than they are for their offensive prowess.