E.A. Sports Today

In the game

Here is the weekly statistical update of players from and around Calhoun County playing pro baseball this summer

By East Alabama Sports Today

Does it count that you’ve been in the big leagues if you don’t play in a game? In terms of time of service, probably, but emotionally it can’t be the same.

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds optioned Oxford’s Jackson Stephens back to Triple-A Louisville after five days up with the big club as an emergency long reliever.


The right-hander got the call Tuesday, arrived at the team hotel past midnight and was with them for the next three games without seeing action in three close games.

He was up Saturday and would have pitched against the Braves, Cincinnati media reported, but the Reds tied it with a four-run sixth, leading manager Bryan Price to go with his top relievers instead.

Reds media speculated after that extra-inning loss that Stephens was likely headed back to Louisville as rookie left-hander Amir Garrett would be activated from the disabled list in time to start the series finale against the Braves.

Stephens was called up Tuesday with the team in Toronto although Price said he would have preferred to not bring him up at that time. Price said he’d like to see Stephens in a starting role.

“We just challenged him to be the best starting pitcher down there,” Price told reporters Sunday. “I think he’s certainly capable of pitching better than he has at Triple-A.”


Zach Lovvorn — Picked up his first win since April 23 with a five-hit, six-strikeout outing against Frisco on June 1.

Todd Cunningham — Hit his fourth homer of the year and first since May 8 Saturday against Omaha. He is 11-for-27 with five RBIs in his last nine games since breaking out of an 0-for-19 slump.


Shed Long — Hit a walk-off solo homer with two outs in the 12th Sunday to give the Daytona Tortugas a 6-5 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays; he also had a double in the game. Long homered twice last week. Reds media speculated he was among several of the organization’s minor-leaguers in line for a midseason promotion.

Chase Whitley — Bounced back from a rough outing against Texas early in the week with two innings of one-hit shutout relief against Seattle Saturday. He gave up four earned runs on four hits and a walk in Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Rangers.

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Stats as of June 4

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