Reds put their top reliever on injured list

Reds reliever Amir Garrett reacts after striking out the side against the Brewers on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Reds reliever Amir Garrett reacts after striking out the side against the Brewers on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

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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.

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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.