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X-rays negative after Garrett hit by comebacker

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ATLANTA -- Reds reliever Amir Garrett exited in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park after being hit on the left leg by a hard ground ball off the bat of Ender Inciarte. X-rays were negative, and he was diagnosed with a lower leg contusion.

Garrett, who replaced starter Matt Harvey with two outs in the seventh and stranded two runners, returned for the eighth. Inciarte led off with a sharp comebacker. Garrett couldn't avoid the ball, which struck him near the knee and sent him down on the ground flat on his stomach.

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ATLANTA -- Reds reliever Amir Garrett exited in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park after being hit on the left leg by a hard ground ball off the bat of Ender Inciarte. X-rays were negative, and he was diagnosed with a lower leg contusion.

Garrett, who replaced starter Matt Harvey with two outs in the seventh and stranded two runners, returned for the eighth. Inciarte led off with a sharp comebacker. Garrett couldn't avoid the ball, which struck him near the knee and sent him down on the ground flat on his stomach.

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"At the time when it hit me, it hurt me pretty bad, I'm not going to lie," Garrett said. "I tried to get the ball and my leg gave out."

After a few moments, Garrett got up and was looked over by head trainer Steve Baumann and interim manager Jim Riggleman. He was able to leave the field but showed a clear limp as he walked to the dugout.

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"I'll be alright, probably a day or two," Garrett said. "I don't know, that's what I'm guessing. It's a bruise. We'll go from there."

A starting pitcher last season, Garrett has emerged as a key reliever for the Reds this season. With Wandy Peralta struggling much of the year and being sent down to Triple-A Louisville last weekend, Garrett is now the primary lefty setup man. In a staff-leading 37 appearances, he has a 2.59 ERA and has stranded 25 of 28 inherited runners.

Garrett liked helping out Harvey with a key third out to pick up his 15th hold and keep the Reds ahead.

"I like to come in in those situations," Garrett said. "He pitches a great game and I didn't want to let those runs score. I was going to do everything in my power to get out of that inning clean. I did my job, and the best thing is we got the win."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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