The Cincinnati Reds have officially placed right-handed relief pitcher Austin Brice on their 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Sunday morning. Brice has been forced to the sideline due to what has been diagnosed as a strained right lat muscle.
In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Reds have also elected to activate fellow right-hander Robert Stephenson from the same list.
The 25-year-old Brice is currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Reds. Prior to his eventual arrival in Cincinnati, he spent his rookie season with the Miami Marlins in 2016. After originally breaking into the highest level with 15 regular-season relief appearances for the Marlins, Brice has since encountered action in 22 outings for the Reds thus far in 2017.
Over the course of his 32.2 innings of work for the Reds, the up-and-coming right-hander has produced a 4.86 ERA alongside one hold. While tallying 26 strikeouts against seven walks, Brice has yet to capture his first win, loss, save or blown save as a member of the National League Central ball club.
On the other hand, the 24-year-old Stephenson has spent the first two seasons of his big league career in Cincinnati. Over the course of his 24 career regular-season appearances, 11 starts and an even 77 innings of work, Stephenson has registered a 6.55 ERA alongside a 2-7 record, one save, 69 strikeouts and 46 walks atop the major league level. He currently owns a 6.98 ERA across 16 regular-season appearances, three starts and 40 innings pitched in 2017.