Stephenson allowed two runs over 3.2 innings against the Cubs on Monday night, but as the Dayton Daily News's Hal McCoy reports, he was very lucky to escape with two runs allowed in the first two innings. The Cubs lined into two double plays in the first two innings and ran into another out in that span. Stephenson allowed five hits, two walks, committed a balk and threw a wild pitch.
Quackenbush remains in contention for one of the two openings in the Reds' bullpen, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "Quackenbush has had a nice spring," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's been the off-the-radar guy that has really pitched very well. He's extremely prepared, and he has great confidence in his fastball for a guy who has a really good curveball and isn't really overpowering as far as the sheer velocity numbers, but he's a guy that pitches with that elevated fastball extremely well. He's been really good about every time out."
Garrett had another strong outing Sunday against the Diamondbacks, throwing four scoreless innings while allowing just one infield hit with no walks, striking out four. Reds manager Bryan Price was complimentary about Garrett's performance, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "I thought he had better stuff than most of his previous outings before today," Price said. "Today, he was a little lateral and wasn't behind the ball quite as well. But, he found a way to manage the game without his best command. That, to me, says a lot about where he is with his confidence and his ability to compete his way through some of the challenges."
Blandino is still in consideration for winning the Reds' final bench spot, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Blandino is hitting .387/.424/.484 in 33 big league plate appearances through Sunday in spring training.
Reed threw four innings Saturday against the Giants, giving up two earned runs on six hits and no walks, striking out three. Afterward, he lobbied to be considered for the Reds starting rotation, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "Who says I can't be a starter? Who says I'm not one of the top five guys?" Reed said. "Whoever does, they need to re-evaluate what they're saying. I'm think I'm good enough to pitch with the five top guys. I know I'm one of them. I'll be the best bullpen guy there is and I'll be the best starter I can be with those five guys. I got the opportunity today and thought I made pretty good progress."
Mahle threw five shutout innings Thursday against the Indians, allowing two hits without striking out or walking anyone and drawing praise from manager Bryan Price afterward, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince reports. "He was sensational," Price said. "I don't think he could have done any better."