The Cincinnati Reds have recalled infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter from Triple-A Louisville and placed left-handed reliever Amir Garrett on the injured list. Garrett has been placed on the injured list with a left lat strain.

Josh VanMeter has been killing the ball all season while he’s been in Triple-A Louisville. He spent more than a month in the Major Leagues with the Reds in May and mid-June, but was optioned back to join the Bats. In the two weeks he was in the minors he hit .393/.443/.589 with 8 doubles and a home run. That’s not quite as good as what he was hitting before being called up on May 5th. Through the first 30 games of the year he was hitting .336/.431/.736 with 5 doubles and 13 home runs.

In his time in Cincinnati, Josh VanMeter was used mostly as a pinch hitter. He struggled to find hits, posting a .220 average. And the power wasn’t showing up yet, either, as he slugged just .268. But he did get on base. He walked 6 times and was hit by 2 other pitches, giving him a .347 on-base percentage in his 49 trips to the plate in the Major Leagues. He’ll give the Reds a left-handed bat off of the bench, and at least today, that could be useful with Scooter Gennett potentially unavailable after his groin injury last night. His position flexibility is also quite useful. VanMeter can fill in at third base, second base, first base, left field, and right field.

The loss of Amir Garrett to the injured list could be huge for the Reds bullpen. After designating Zach Duke for assignment earlier this week, Garrett was the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen. Now there isn’t a single lefty out there. Wandy Peralta and Cody Reed both remain on the injured list (Reed is in Triple-A on their injured list).

11 Responses

  1. Seat101

    When was Garrett’s last appearance? I’m guessing he won’t be available until after the All-Star break. And I wonder if he went out there hurt in order to prove a point that he should have been selected to the All-Star team.

    On another note, even if they were to send JVM back to the minor leagues after the game tonight couldn’t he delay reporting to Louisville until after the major league All-Star break starts and he would accrue service time through the break?

    • Doug Gray

      He can delay his reporting to Triple-A, but once he’s optioned he’s not getting service time even if he takes the full 3 days to report.

  2. Norwood Nate

    Big loss for the team. Especially during this current stretch of games.

  3. reds

    Nothing serious hopefully. Just an early start to the break to heal up

  4. MK

    A little off subject but still about bullpen. Since Jared Hughes has been so underutilized to this point compared to last year and the success he had, I wonder if the pitching coach has a problem with him since they were also together in Milwaukee and Hughes got off after one year.

    Ian Krol would probably be in Big Leagues if he hadn’t opted out.

    • Doug Gray

      Hughes is on pace for 4 fewer appearances and 8 fewer innings than last year. Don’t think there’s much to it than the Reds have an 8-man bullpen this year.

  5. MK

    Watching Nationals game, Tanner Rainey pitching and it reminds me of another college closer the Reds tried unsuccessfully to turn into a starter.

  6. Simon Cowell

    Any updates on Cody Reed? Is there an ETA on when he can return to the mound?

  7. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Certainly you hate the see this, but if it’s good for anyone it’s probably good for Herget.

    Is Garrett is “closer” quality now or at least on the brink?