SAN DIEGO — The Reds lost another key player on Tuesday night when catcher Tyler Stephenson left the game vs. the Padres in the bottom of the first inning following a hard collision at the plate with baserunner Luke Voit.
San Diego had a 2-1 lead against pitcher Reiver Sanmartin when Jurickson Profar lined a double to the left-field corner. Running from first base, Voit tried to score while left fielder Tommy Pham retrieved the ball. Pham made a good relay throw to shortstop Kyle Farmer, who fired a strike to the plate slightly up the line.
As he slid into the plate, Voit landed hard on the head of Stephenson but was tagged and called out. Stephenson spent several moments on his back while being examined by athletic trainer Tomas Vera as manager David Bell and teammates looked on.
Stephenson was helped up and was able to walk off the field with Vera.
Making the situation more difficult for Cincinnati was that backup catcher Aramis Garcia was already in the lineup as the designated hitter. Garcia replaced Stephenson at catcher. Under the rules, the Reds lost the DH for the remainder of the game.
Losers of seven in a row entering the night, the Reds have been ravaged by injuries already this season. They lead the Major Leagues with 12 players on the injured list.