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Amir Garrett’s suspension reduced to five games

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett throws in the 10th inning during a baseball game...
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett throws in the 10th inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(Jeff Dean | AP)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 3:15 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) - Major League Baseball reduced Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett’s suspension for “inciting a benches-clearing incident” from seven games to five, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Following an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, MLB altered the length of the suspension without citing a specific reason for the reduction.

Garrett’s suspension will begin with Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Without Garrett, the Reds will carry a 25-player roster and an eight-player bullpen.

Garrett was suspended after an interaction with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on May 1. Garrett struck out Rizzo, and Garrett celebrated by shouting and pounding his chest.

Cubs infielder Javier Báez hopped over the dugout railing and shouted at Garrett, and then the rest of the benches cleared.

On Tuesday, Garrett pitched 1.2 scoreless innings against the Pirates, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. In his last six games, Garrett has a 1.69 ERA and has allowed just two hits with six strikeouts.

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