Reds' top prospect Stephenson exits start early

Right-hander to be monitored after feeling cramp near wrist

Reds' top prospect Stephenson exits start early

LOS ANGELES -- The Reds were concerned on Wednesday night when No. 2 prospect Robert Stephenson had to prematurely leave his start for Triple-A Louisville because of an injury.

Stephenson told Louisville's radio partner on Thursday that he felt a cramp near his right wrist. He worked two innings with one run, one hit, four walks and one strikeout.

For now, Stephenson is going to rest his arm.

"We're just waiting and seeing what develops the next couple of days," Reds player development director Jeff Graupe said from Cincinnati. "We'll keep monitoring him."

Cincinnati's first-round pick in the 2011 Draft, Stephenson was promoted to Louisville in July and has gone 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in eight starts. For Double-A Pensacola, the 22-year-old was 4-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 starts.

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