Reds reliever Robert Stephenson pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 2, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Photo: Staff Writer
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Cincinnati Reds send Robert Stephenson to Triple-A

Reliever gave up six earned runs in two innings Monday

The 24-year-old Stephenson, one of the Reds’ top prospects in recent years, appeared to have turned his season around in May. He had an 8.51 ERA in April. It had dropped to 6.35 by May 21. With his performance Monday, his first appearance in eight days, it jumped to 8.03.

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The Reds called up pitcher Jackson Stephens from Louisville to take Stephenson’s spot on the roster. Stephens, 23, was 3-3 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 starts with Louisville. When he pitches for the Reds, he will become the ninth player to make his major league debut this season for the Reds.

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