This afternoon's game in San Diego might get very interesting if Tommy Pham gets his way. After a collision at home plate between Luke Voit and Tyler Stephenson left the Reds catcher with a concussion, Pham told reporters after the game, "If Luke wants to settle it, I get down really well."
No matter whose side you're on, the Cincinnati Reds will be without Stephenson for the next seven games. The 25-year-old sustained a concussion and was placed on the seven-day concussion IL. Though Stephenson was unable to speak with the media after the game, he did take to social media after the game suggesting that he's not too worse for wear.
Reds LF Tommy Pham is ready to fight Luke Voit if necessary.
In case you missed it, a Jurickson Profar double down the third base line gave San Diego Padres designated hitter Luke Voit a chance to score. As the big fella rounded third base, Tommy Pham hit the cut-off man, Kyle Farmer, and the Reds shortstop delivered a strike to Tyler Stephenson.
Voit, who was tagged out at the plate, lowered the boom with both hands/ arms hitting Stephenson in the head as the former New York Yankees' first baseman attempted as awkward slide into home plate. Stephenson was shook up and had to leave the game.
Since the Cincinnati Reds, who already hd 12 players on the Injured List, trotted out Aramís García as the team's DH, David Bell was forced to go the remainder of the ball game with his designated hitter. With Stephenson now out for about a week, we're likely to see Mark Kolozsvary join García as the team's catching duo until the former first-round pick returns to the lineup.
The video is linked to this story, so you can judge for yourself whether Luke Voit's attempt to score was a dirty play or not. Tommy Pham certainly believes it was. In order to keep the peace during this afternoon's series finale, perhaps Padres manager Bob Melvin should let Voit ride the pine.