Raise your hand if you saw this coming. Service time, I guess. Although they can’t admit that. Will be interesting to see what they say. Something like: “We thought he would benefit from working on a few things down there” or some such malarky. Garrett has given up more than two runs one time in six games. He’s Clayton Kershaw on this staff.
Service time reminder: If a player accrues 172 days of service time, it’s a year. At 171 days, it isn’t. The season is about 183 games long. So if a player spends 11-12 days in the minor leagues, it adds up to an entire extra year of team control. If that’s what is going on here, you’re missing Garrett for two weeks to see him for another year.
This is probably the last chance to send him down for a few weeks before it becomes impossible to justify, as if it already isn’t. Garrett has to spend ten days in the minors before he can be called back up unless there is an injury. The Reds have a couple off days in the next week or so. They could get by with four starters if they want the next two times through.
If this demotion is purely driven by service time – and that’s almost certainly the case – it’s a brutally surgical move by the organization. One that’s looking at the long term, not today’s standings. And that’s a good thing.