Garrett (suspension) is eligible to return Sunday against the Rockies after serving his five-game suspension. There's a reasonable chance that he'll be called upon to pitch, too, after the Reds played 12 innings in Coors Field on Saturday.
Garrett had his seven-game suspension reduced to five following an agreement between MLB and the MLBPA, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. He'll begin serving the ban during Tuesday's game against the Pirates. Garrett will be eligible to return to action during Sunday's series finale with the Rockies in Colorado. The right-hander was initially handed the seven-game suspension due to his role in a benches-clearing incident that occurred in a May 1 game against the Cubs. After a rocky start to the season that included two blown saves, Garrett has settled in nicely over his last four outings, working four scoreless innings while striking out six. Garrett's absence through Saturday should increase the odds of other high-leverage options like Lucas Sims, Tejay Antone and Sean Doolittle picking up saves.
Garrett will appeal the seven-game suspension he received from MLB on Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The 29-year-old received the ban for "inciting a benches-clearing incident" during Saturday's matchup with the Cubs. The suspension was set to begin Tuesday versus the White Sox, but Garrett will continue to be available until the appeal process is completed.
Garrett allowed a two-run homer and was charged with a blown save over just a third of an inning in Monday's 5-3 extra-inning win over the Dodgers. Garrett relieved Lucas Sims with two outs and a man on in the seventh, and he promptly left a hanging slider over the plate that Corey Seager crushed over the center-field fence to tie the game at 3-3. It's been a rough start to the year for the hard-throwing lefty, as he's given up 10 runs and owns an appalling 4:7 K:BB over just 6.1 innings. He may be starting to lose his grip on the closer role with Tejay Antone nearly unhittable in a setup role thus far.
Garrett allowed three earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one to blow the save Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Garrett entered the game in the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead. However, he blew his first save of the season after walking two of the first three batters he faced and then surrendering a three-run home run to Josh VanMeter. Garrett has now walked at least one batter in five of his six outings, which has led to disastrous results. Across 5.1 frames, he has allowed 10 earned runs, eight walks and three home runs. Garrett received a vote of confidence from manager David Bell after the game, though it wouldn't be surprising to see Lucas Sims and potentially even Sean Doolittle or Tejay Antone factor more heavily into the saves picture.
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