Garrett notched his 17th hold of the season in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the White Sox after striking out two batters in a scoreless seventh inning. The leg bruise that forced Garrett to depart early in a June 26 outing against the Braves no longer looks to be a concern, as the lefty has since made four appearances out of the bullpen, including each of the last three days. Garrett has adapted well in his move from a starting role to the bullpen this season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 52:13 K:BB over 43.2 innings.
Garrett (leg contusion) was unavailable to pitch in Wednesday's win over the Braves, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Garrett had a wrap on his leg on Wednesday morning. With him out and with Wandy Peralta down in the minors, the Reds' only bullpen lefty Wednesday was Kyle Crockett.
Garrett exited Tuesday's game against the Braves after being hit in the left leg by a batted ball, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports. Garrett was diagnosed with a left leg bruise after X-rays came back negative, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old should be considered day-to-day until he is evaluated further.
Garrett is still in the mix to get saves, albeit more likely in situations such as it was Thursday, when he came into the game in the seventh inning, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Manager Jim Riggleman said he's using matchups to determine the role, rather than just designating a closer during Raisel Iglesias's absence. That was the case Thursday, when the Pirates had three lefties due up to start the ninth. Garrett retired one batter but then allowed a two-run homer to Austin Meadows. Had he gotten Meadows out, he would have stayed in to try to complete the save. Instead, Jared Hughes came in and closed the door against his former team.
Garrett could factor into the ninth-inning mix with Raisel Iglesias (biceps) landing on the disabled list Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports. Jared Hughes, David Hernandez, Wandy Peralta and Michael Lorenzen were also named as options. Garrett's stuff has played up in relief so far this year, as he now has 31 strikeouts to go with a 1.67 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 27 innings. He's been even better against right-handers than against same-handed batters, but Garrett is still largely unproven at the big-league level and that could hurt him in the eyes of interim manger Jim Riggleman. It's also possible that no one arm will emerge as the preferred option in the limited time Iglesias is out -- the injury is to his non-throwing arm.