The Louisville Bats placed right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson on the disabled list late this afternoon.
TRANSACTIONS: RHP Robert Stephenson has been placed on the 7-day DL, retro to 8/16. LHP Tony Cingrani has been activated for his start.
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 18, 2015
The report this afternoon out of Louisville was that Stephenson would miss just one start, according to his manager Delino DeShields.
“I think everything checked out OK,” DeShields said. “He’ll be back in the rotation next time around.”
The minor league disabled list, as noted, is just seven days. With the move being retroactive to the 16th it would make Robert Stephenson eligible to pitch again as early as August 23rd, which would be “the next time around”.
Steve Mancuso, over at Redleg Nation, breaks down the series of events as they played out this afternoon. But it seems to be a lot more dramatic than it likely is. The team needed to activate Tony Cingrani from the disabled list to make the start tonight. This move makes it easy to do so without releasing a player to create a spot on the roster and it really doesn’t push Stephenson back from where the team was planning to use him next as it is.