Amir Garrett, Odubel Herrera
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Amir Garrett exits game with Achilles strain

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Reds reliever Amir Garrett was forced to make an early exit from Friday’s game against the Phillies after sustaining a mild Achilles strain. In the fifth inning, the lefty sprinted towards first base to tag Odubel Herrera, but stepped awkwardly on the base and crumpled to the ground. While he immediately got to his feet again, he limped back toward the mound and was attended to by a team trainer before leaving the field.

The good news: the injury appears to be mild, and Garrett is considered day-to-day for the time being. Precautionary X-rays returned negative, so it’s likely that he’ll be cleared to return to the mound over the next few days, assuming there are no further complications. Taking Friday’s abbreviated outing into account, the 26-year-old left-hander is working with a 3.73 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 10.5 SO/9 through 50 2/3 innings in 2018.

Following the incident, right-hander David Hernandez replaced Garrett on the mound and polished off the fifth inning with a pop out in foul territory. The Reds currently lead the Phillies 6-3 in the top of the ninth.

Fan hit by foul ball during Sunday’s Rockies-Dodgers game

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Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.

After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”

Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]

Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”