Prior to the game on Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds placed left-handed reliever Amir Garrett on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain. Having a player go to the injured list is never good. But if there is any good news that comes out of this, it’s that his time on the injured list will be covered by the All-Star break somewhat. He may only miss 4-5 games due to the break coming up on Monday.
Before the game, Amir Garrett met with the Reds media to talk about it.
“I’m not too concerned about it, I think it’s just regular soreness,” Garrett said. “Afterwards I was just a little sore. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”
The Reds will miss Amir Garrett for a few different reasons. First, he’s been flat out dominant on the mound. His ERA currently sits at 1.70 on the season in 42 games and 37.0 innings. Second, his injury leaves the Reds without a left-handed pitcher in the bullpen for the time being. With Wandy Peralta on the injured list in the Majors, and Cody Reed on the injured list in the minors, the 40-man roster is currently without another lefty reliever available.
Alex Wood to make a rehab start on Saturday
The Cincinnati Reds announced that Alex Wood will make a rehab start on Saturday for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The start will take place in Columbus, as the Bats will be on the road to take on the Clippers.
The left-handed starter was supposed to make his first rehab appearance in late June, but a bullpen session left his back sore the next day and that plan was shut down. It wasn’t as serious as his previous setbacks and he is good to go for Saturday. While the rules did change a few years ago for the length of rehab stints for position players, pitchers can still have up to 30 days on a minor league rehab assignment.
Reds spend big to open up International Signing Period
After spending the last two years in the penalty box and unable to spend more than $300,000 on a single player during the international signing period, the Cincinnati Reds opened things up on Tuesday by going out and spending big. They would sign eight players on the first day for more than $4M total. The highest bonus they handed out went to Breylin Minier, who got $1.8M to sign. You can read about Minier, a Dominican Republic native and shortstop, as well as the other players signed at RedsMinorLeagues.com where there’s scouting reports and information available.