Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson diagnosed with strained right forearm muscle

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From MLB.com’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.