The Cincinnati Reds placed the pitcher who has turned into their best reliever this season on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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Amir Garrett will be sidelined with a left lat strain. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.
Garrett leads the Reds with 42 appearances. His 1.70 ERA is the best in the bullpen by more than a run. Among relievers with at least 40 appearances, he’s tied for the best ERA in baseball.
Garrett had a 7.39 ERA as a rookie in 2017, when he was a starter, and a 4.29 ERA last season in 66 relief appearances.
The Reds promoted infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter to take Garrett’s place on the roster before the final game of a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.