Doug Gray is reporting that Robert Stephenson will be called up to pitch Thursday afternoon’s game against the Phillies.
Robert Stephenson will be called up to make his Major League debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies according to an anonymous source. The Reds haven’t announced the move, currently only listing three starters on the big league roster. The move will be made official on Monday when the team can officially place Homer Bailey on the 60-day disabled list.
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Keep in mind this report is based on a single anonymous source, so take it for what it’s worth.
Raisel Iglesias pitches Monday, Brandon Finnegan on Wednesday. Presumably Alfredo Simon starts on Friday. Reports on Anthony DeScalfani are positive, so it’s expected he’ll be able to join the rotation soon, possibly on Sunday, April 10. Dan Straily could also join the rotation as the fifth starter.
With luck, Thursday’s spot in the rotation will only be available once, making this a one-and-done for Stephenson. If the Reds send him back to AAA on Friday, the service time considerations are minimal.
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