Reds Get Terrible News On Catcher

When he went down with a fractured clavicle a few weeks back, he was expected to be out until September, but now, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Tyler Stephenson has had season-ending surgery.

"I think even before the surgery, it was a longshot," said Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell of his promising catcher. Stephenson underwent a procedure to stabilize the fracture. 

The injury occurred when he was hit by a foul ball, and then went to make a throw down to first, and simply couldn't.

Stephenson was having an excellent sophomore season for the Reds, hitting .319 with an .854 OPS, along with a .372 on-base percentage. He only managed to play 50 games, however, due to a variety of injuries, including a fractured thumb and a concussion.

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