Garrett signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander receives a raise from the Reds in his first season of arbitration eligibility. Garrett had a 2.45 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 26:7 K:BB over 18.1 innings during 2020 and will enter spring training in competition for the closer's role following the departure of Raisel Iglesias.
Garrett is one of three current candidates to fill the vacated Reds closer job, along with Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
For his part, Garrett already has the confidence and desire for the job. "To me, it's mine to lose," Garrett said Tuesday. "I'm just going to go in there and take it. Not a lot of things are earned, and nothing is given. I'm just going to go and take it." Garrett is coming off of his best season, one in which he posted a 2.45 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. It wouldn't be a total shock if the Reds mixed-and-matched in the role, though he has been effective against both lefties and righties the last three years.
Garrett had one strikeout, two walks and didn't allow a hit during the ninth inning to record the save Tuesday against the Pirates.
The left-hander was called upon for the first save of his career since Raisel Iglesias and Archie Bradley were both apparently unavailable after each threw two-plus innings over the past two days. Garrett hardly made things easy, as he delivered only 13 of his 27 pitches for strikes and issued a pair of one-out walks, but he still managed to keep the Pirates off the board. He has a 2.81 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB while notching five holds across 16 innings this season.
Garrett struck out two over 1.1 innings to lock down his third hold of the season in a win over the Cubs on Friday.
Garrett might be called upon to pitch again in Saturday's doubleheader, given that Raisel Iglesias has had to pitch two days in a row thanks to Robert Stephenson's struggles Friday. Garrett has been fantastic this season, posting a 2.45 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB over 11 innings.
Garrett mowed through the three batters he faced Saturday against the Tigers in his 2020 debut, striking out two of the three batters he faced and getting five swinging strikes in his 10 pitches.
Garrett wasn't great in spring training or summer camp, but he looked awesome Saturday while his bullpen mates struggled. The Reds aren't about to suggest a role change yet, but if they do later, Garrett is off to a good start at least.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||@ ATL||L 0-1||0.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/27||@ MIN||W 5-3||0.1||1||0||0||1|
|09/25||@ MIN||W 7-2||0.1||1||0||0||1|
|09/22||vs MIL||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|09/21||vs MIL||W 6-3||0.2||0||0||1||1|
|09/15||vs PIT||W 4-1||1||1.0||0||0||2||1|
|09/12||@ STL||L 1-7||1.0||3||2||0||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||77.0||13||12||0||5||3||0||78||28||51||1.75||1.026|