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).