Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett will start serving an eight-game suspension Monday as the Reds open a three-game series on the road against the Washington Nationals.
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Garrett was one of six players suspended after a brawl with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30. Garrett started the benches-clearing incident by charging the Pirates dugout. He appealed the suspension.
The loss of Garrett means the Reds will be without their top reliever for an eight game stretch that also includes a four-game home series against the St. Louis Cardinals and one game at home against the San Diego Padres. He has a team-best 2.74 ERA in 52 appearances.
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Both managers, David Bell and Clint Hurdle, were also suspended. Bell finished his six-game suspension last week.
Reliever Jared Hughes also finished serving his three-game suspension last weekend.
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