Re: Robert Stephenson being sent to Dayton
You may be correct on your timetable as far as the way it eventually plays out. But there is no one in the Reds organization looking beyond the rest of this season. When it's time for him to move up, they will move him up. The concern is that he not try to do too much and suffer an injury. As you have probably heard, they are trying to settle him down. Word was, he was throwing as hard in the bullpen before the game as he threw in the first inning, so pumped up, something the Reds would be concerned with. The more you ask of him right now, the greater the risk that he is going to reach back and try to get more than what's there. I am sure there is some holding of breath that when he throws that first pitch Wednesday in front of 8,000, he will not try to throw it 102 mph.
This is a very special arm, the best the Reds have had in a long time. Reds are going to take it nice and easy, let him progress.
Those who want him fast tracked...be careful what you ask for. We have already had our Grulers, Howingtons. etc.