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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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.