Garrett is working on improving his four-seam fastball in spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Only six of his 78 strikeouts last year came on his four-seam fastball.
Garrett had a breakout season last year, relying heavily upon his slider, which garnered him 68 percent of his strikeouts. "I was never really into analytics, but me being honest with myself, my fastball is ... I throw hard, but hitters are able to pick it up," Garrett said. "Even though they don't do that much damage on it, I want to have my fastball to be able to put somebody away."
Garrett has been reinstated after serving his eight-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl July 30, Deb Carson of FOX Sports Radio reports.
The Reds will welcome back their top lefty and will once again have a full major-league squad, after they had to play with a 24-man roster while Garrett was suspended. Garrett has increased his slider usage significantly this season (from 33.4 percent to 58.5 percent), to excellent results. He's tied for 16th in the majors with 18 holds.
Garrett will begin serving an eight-game suspension during Monday's series opener in Washington.
The reliever was first handed the suspension Aug. 1, two days after he was one of the principal players involved in a benches-clearing fight with the Pirates. Garrett appealed the decision and had been available out of the Reds' bullpen since the incident, but it's unclear if Major League Baseball chose to uphold the ban or if he formally dropped the appeal. In any case, he'll be inactive for just over a week before he's eligible to pitch again Aug. 20 versus the Padres.
Garrett was suspended eight games for his role in Tuesday's benches-clearing incident with the Pirates, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Garrett was one of six players suspended. The lefty is appealing the suspension and will be eligible to pitch while his appeal is being heard.
Garrett was ejected Tuesday night after getting in a huge fight against the Pirates, charging their dugout from the mound after exchanging words with members of the team, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports.
This was the culmination of a long series of incidents between the two teams, dating back to April. A suspension is almost certainly forthcoming.
Garrett threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Saturday, getting the win against the Cardinals.
The Reds' bullpen has really struggled with Garrett out, after being a strength overall earlier in the season. His return is a big step toward stabilizing the back end, at least.
Garrett (lat) was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Garrett has been out since early July with a strained left lat. He was supposed to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Friday, though that wound up getting cancelled due to travel issues. The Reds deemed him ready to go, however, so he'll be back in a significant role in the bullpen without a tune-up appearance.
Garrett (lat) was unable to make his scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Friday due to travel issues, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Garrett was slated to take the mound Friday evening, though following a problem with his travel, his start will likely be pushed back to either Saturday or Sunday.
Garrett (lat) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Garrett completed a live batting practice session with no issues prior to Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, but the Reds apparently want the southpaw to see game action in the minors before activating him from the inured list.
Garrett (lat) threw live batting practice before Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports.
Garrett has a scheduled off-day Thursday, after which the Reds will decide whether to send him on a rehab assignment or activate him for the weekend series against the Cardinals. Raisel Iglesias going on paternity leave might hasten Garrett's arrival.
Garrett (lat) is expected to return Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Garrett was originally not expected to return until the weekend, but he's apparently slightly ahead of that timeline. He'll throw a bullpen session Monday and a live batting practice session Wednesday before being activated the following day.
Garrett (lat) will need another week before coming off the IL, though on the bright side he's pain free right now, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "We wouldn't have him back before the end of this trip," Reds manager David Bell said. "If everything continues to go the way it is now, it should be right when we get home hopefully, or in the first few days of that homestand. He's recovered really well. He's kind of pain-free right now."
The Reds begin a homestand Thursday against the Cardinals, so he could return at some point over next weekend it appears. After beginning the season with three lefty relievers, the Reds went all the way down to zero before getting Wandy Peralta back on Friday, but Garrett's absence has been felt.
Garrett said he's "not too concerned" about the left lat strain that put him on the 10-day injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Garrett landed on the IL prior to Thursday's game despite no previous indication he was battling an injury. He'll take a few games off and will benefit from the All-Star break to aid in his recovery. In the meantime the Reds will have to make due without a left-hander in their bullpen, though manager David Bell is optimistic Garrett may be ready to return from the IL when first eligible July 13.
Garrett was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left lat strain.
Garrett's move to the IL comes out of nowhere, as there was no indication he was dealing with an injury following his dominant relief appearance Tuesday against the Brewers, when he struck out the side. The Reds should have a better idea regarding how long Garrett might be sidelined with the injury over the next few days, but his absence through at least the first game out of the All-Star break will leave the team without one of its top setup options. Dating back to June 1, Garrett had allowed just two runs in 14 innings while racking up 18 strikeouts.
Garrett threw a scoreless inning in relief Friday night, allowing two walks but striking out the side.
With the effort, Garrett lowered his ERA to 1.95 on the season, and he now has 47 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. He didn't get a hold in this one because of the Reds' margin at the time, but he's also 3-1 with 12 holds.
Garrett has six consecutive scoreless outings, with nine strikeouts covering five innings over that span. Overall his ERA is 1.47 with a 25:8 K:BB over 18.1 innings, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Even though save speculators haven't gotten any saves from Garrett, he has three wins to go along with his great ratios. His slider has been nearly untouchable, as he's added 1.6 mph on average over last season.
Garrett induced a ground ball out on the only pitch he threw Tuesday night to get the final out of the eighth inning, earning his third hold of the season in the process.
Garrett has been fantastic this season and now carries a 1.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. He and Robert Stephenson have emerged as the top relievers in support of closer Raisel Iglesias.
Garrett is 1-0 with a 0.71 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB in 5.2 scoreless innings so far this season (six appearances).
It's early, but the lefty has been impressive for Cincinnati. His fastball velocity is down slightly from his 2018 average, but he's throwing his slider with more oomph, and the result has been more swinging strikes (18.1 percent). He's also showing improved control after posting a BB/9 north of 3.5 last year. Garrett is becoming one of the top weapons in the Reds' bullpen and could even find his way into occasional saves, with new manager David Bell not using Raisel Iglesias strictly in the traditional closer role.
Garrett is wearing glasses in the clubhouse and contacts during games for the first time in his career, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "My eyes aren't that bad, but I can definitely tell the difference when I have them on," Garrett said. "I've got contacts and glasses. The contacts, I wear for the game. The glasses I wear off the field."
Hey, it's spring training -- we might as well leave no stone unturned. Garrett is struggling so far this spring, with an 8.10 ERA over 6.2 innings, having allowed 10 hits and three walks. The good news is that he still has seven strikeouts and hasn't allowed a homer yet.
Garrett (foot) returned from the disabled list Monday.
Garrett hit the disabled list with a bone bruise on his left foot in late August. He'll give the Reds an extra arm in the bullpen down the stretch. The lefty has a mediocre 4.21 ERA in 57.2 innings so far this season.
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