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Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson will catch 65 games while playing the remainder of his games at first base or designated hitter.
Reds manager David Bell said earlier this winter the plan is for Stephenson to play 140-150 games in 2023. The 2015 first-round pick only appeared in 50 games in 2022 due to multiple injuries as it appears the club's plan is to keep him healthy with limited time at catcher this season. Stephenson's bad has been as advertised in his young big-league career as he's hit .296 with 18 home runs and an .823 OPS across the first 190 games of what looks like a promising career for the 26-year-old.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is expected to play 140-150 games in 2023.
The workload expectation came straight from manager David Bell, so long as Stephenson remains healthy. The highly-touted 26-year-old was limited to just 50 games in 2022 due to a broken collarbone but hit .319 with six home runs and an .854 OPS in that time. Stephenson has hit .296 with 18 homers and an .823 OPS through the first 190 games of his big-league career and should be viewed as a high-end catching target as a result.
Tyler Stephenson has surgery to stabilize the fracture of his right clavicle and has been transferred to the 60-day IL.
Stephenson was a longshot to return this year anyway, and now he officially cannot come back until September 21st at the earliest. The surgery won't change his timeframe but, at this point, there's next to no chance he sees another MLB at-bat this year. In redraft formats, it is now officially time to move on.
The Reds placed Tyler Stephenson on the 10-day IL with a broken clavicle on Saturday, recalling Mark Kolozsvary from Triple-A.
Stephenson broke his clavicle last night, an awful break for the backstop who has battled injuries all year. There's no timetable yet for his return, but common sense suggests he'll be out at least a month and likely significantly longer. Stephenson is one of the best options in fantasy when healthy, but at this point, unless you have a free IL slot, you can drop him in redraft formats.
Cincinnati Reds beat writer Bobby Nightengale is reporting that Tyler Stephenson suffered a broken clavicle in Friday's game vs. the Cardinals.
Stephenson took a foul ball off his shoulder in the 1st inning Friday. He stayed in the game initially but was taken out shortly thereafter. A timetable has not been revealed but with a broken clavicle, the Reds will likely be without his services for at least 6-8 weeks. That's a tough blow to fantasy managers as Stephenson was hitting .319 this year in the thinnest position.
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