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.