Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson diagnosed with strained right forearm muscle


From’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with a right forearm strain. It’s presumably going to be a season-ending injury for the 22-year-old right-hander.

Stephenson, the 27th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of a California high school, had registered a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio through 120 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.

He could be in the running for a rotation spot next spring in Reds camp if his health cooperates.

Forearm strains can sometimes be a precursor to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.