After finding himself on the disabled list all season, Mat Latos is finally finding his stride on the mound with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Latos made his third rehabilitation start with the Bats Wednesday evening pitching five complete innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out three.
Although the original plan of attack was to allow Latos to go six innings and pitch up to 100 pitches, his outing was cut short due to a cramp in his calf.
"He may have wanted to stay in, but it was apparent that it was something he shouldn't be pitching with as we get closer and closer to him joining the club," Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday. "It was disappointing he wasn't able to get up to the innings and pitch limit that we had set. So he'll be in later on today and we'll kind of reassess the severity of it. It doesn't sound like it's really an issue; it's more of a cramp than anything else. That being said, we still have to take a look at him and make a decision on what the next step is."
It is unclear what the Reds will do next. They have discussed the possibility of allowing Latos to pitch one more rehab start with Louisville or activate him for the first time this year.
"It's under consideration what we want to do, whether we want to activate him or give him one more start to get stretched out," Price said.
It is also a mystery as to what may come of the rotation with the addition of Latos. Alfredo Simon has gone 7-3 in his absence and may move to the bullpen. Another thought is that starter Tony Cingrani may make a move to the pen as well.
"We'll just kind of make an organizational decision, but a decision hasn't been made yet," said Price.
Latos collected a 14-7 record last season with a 3.16 ERA in 32 total starts. He underwent surgery following the completion of the season to have a bone chip removed from his elbow. He also tore cartilage in his left knee and had surgery at the beginning of Spring Training.