Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said that Garrett will remain in the bullpen for now, though he might start eventually and could receive more work in the short term, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "We intend to get him out there a lot more," Riggleman said Monday. "The more he can get out there to repeat that delivery, I think he's going to be that much better."
Riggleman suggested that extra work could come in the form of longer outings. "He could end up going as much as three [innings in relief]. Once a guy has gone three, he could go four and five," Riggleman said. "It wouldn't take any time to stretch him out. In today's world, we talk about stretching people out, but not many of them go past five or 5 1/3 [innings] anyway."
Garrett is yet to allow a run and has recorded 10 strikeouts across 8.1 innings out of the bullpen to open the 2018 season. Manager Bryan Price will continue to use the 25-year-old as a reliever, especially with Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list. Garrett will remain an option for a spot start if need be and could find himself in the starting rotation if an injury should occur.
Garrett will not start Tuesday against the Cubs, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Thursday's rainout seemed to open the door for Garrett, who put together a great spring with six earned runs allowed and a 21:4 K:BB in 17 Cactus League innings. However, the team has decided to turn to Cody Reed for that start instead, leaving Garrett to fill a long role out of the bullpen for the time being. Given the questions marks in the Reds' rotation, it seems likely that Garrett will find his way into double-digit starts this season.
The Reds were originally lined up to not need a fifth starter to open the season, as Opening Day starter Homer Bailey could have pitched Tuesday on full rest. With Thursday's opener being postponed due to rain, Bailey will now start Friday instead and will be unable to pitch again on Tuesday. Garrett, who enjoyed a strong spring with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17 innings, was set to open the season in the bullpen, but now appears to be the most likely candidate to start that game.
Garrett has enjoyed a strong spring with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 17 frames to put himself in contention for a back-end rotation spot, but manager Bryan Price said Sunday that he thinks the lefty may be better served out of the bullpen, where he can pitch more aggressively while mixing his slider, fastball and changeup. On other hand, Price said that Garrett starting isn't "off the board," so the 25-year-old could get another look in that capacity later this season if the Reds' initial rotation options should falter or get hurt.
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