Garrett was ejected from Thursday's game against the White Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Garrett had a balk called against him in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday and was tossed from the game after saying something to the umpire at second base at the end of the frame. Prior to being ejected, the southpaw allowed a hit and no walks while striking out three in one inning. Assuming he doesn't face further discipline, Garrett should be available for Friday's series opener against Minnesota.
Garrett pitched 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings, throwing one wild pitch and striking out two during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Orioles. Garrett got the last out of the fifth inning and then pitched a perfect sixth in relief of starter Carlos Hernandez. Prior to Monday, Garrett had allowed three runs across his last two outings. The southpaw has a 3.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8:6 K:BB in eight innings this season, and he's yet to see much high-leverage work.
Garrett (1-0) earned the victory, striking out two and walking one in 1.2 scoreless innings in a 4-3 win Tuesday over Minnesota. Garrett entered the game with the Royals losing 3-1 and one out in the fifth and quickly retired the next two batters. He pitched around a walk and a wild pitch in the sixth and, after the Royals' offense came to life, became the pitcher of record. It was the first win as a Royal for the lefty after coming to Kansas City in a trade with the Reds in March.
The Royals acquired Garrett from the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for lefty starter Mike Minor and cash. Kansas City is eager to get a look at some of its younger starting options in 2022, and since Minor didn't fit in with that plan, the team decided to ship him out for an upside reliever in Garrett. The 29-year-old lefty has shown flashes of brilliance since making the full-time move to the bullpen in 2018, but he's often struggled to string together extended stretches of quality appearances. Even so, in a Kansas City bullpen lacking in impact arms, Garrett will likely get a look in a late-inning setup role to begin the season. Garrett's career 26.8 K% would make him an intriguing fantasy option if he can cut down his walk and home-run rates and eventually challenge incumbent Scott Barlow for the closer's role.
Garrett (0-4) allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one in one-third of an inning, taking the loss Friday versus Pittsburgh. The southpaw allowed two of the three batters he faced to reach base, and Michael Lorenzen allowed both of them to score. Garrett's tumultuous season seems set to end that way as well, as he's allowed six runs in his last 10.1 innings since the start of September. He owns a 6.17 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 60:29 K:BB across 46.2 innings overall, while adding seven saves and seven holds.
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