Reds option Astin to Louisville to make room for Garrett

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Reds on Thursday recalled starting pitcher Amir Garrett from Class AAA Louisville and optioned Barrett Astin there for the fourth time this season.

The left-handed Garrett is scheduled to start Thursday's game at the Chicago Cubs, which is scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m.

Garrett made six starts for the Reds earlier this season and compiled a 3-2 record with a 4.25 ERA in six starts. Five of those starts were "quality starts," which means he allowed three earned runs or less in at least six innings of work.

He was sent down to Louisville on May 7 in order to limit his service time a bit and to limit his innings. The Reds had two off days from May 7-May 15.

Garrett appeared in one game for Louisville and struck out all six batters he faced in two innings of work.

Astin had most recently been recalled to the Reds when they sent Garrett down, but he struggled in the two outings since, allowing six earned runs in three innings.

Astin made the Reds Opening Day roster, but was sent to Louisville on April 8 to make room for Bronson Arroyo. He was recalled on April 12 when starter Rookie Davis was placed on the 10-day disabled list, but was sent down again on April 14 when outfielder Jesse Winker was called up. He was recalled a second time on April 25, but was sent down on April 27.

In four games with the Reds earlier this season, Astin allowed two hits and no runs over four innings. He went 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA in five games (two starts) for Louisville.

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