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Mat Latos Set for Another Rehab Start Before Joining Cincinnati Reds

June 7th, 2014 at 1:39 PM
By Cody Dalga

After leaving early from his latest rehab start with the Triple-A Louisville Bats with a calf cramp, starting pitcher Mat Latos was miffed to hear that Bryan Price and the Cincinnati Reds organization decided it would be best for him to complete another rehab start before joining the Reds. 

"Barring any issues with the rest of the guys in our rotation, we'd like to get him all the way stretched out," Price said Friday. "And I know he feels that he's ready to help us and I appreciate that. I just think we are going to ask him when he's activated to be able to do what the rest of the guys are doing and pitching into the later innings. And I'd like to get him stretched out to that 90 to 100 pitches if possible before we activate him."

Latos was adamant that he was wasn't in need of another start and was ready to join the club.

"It's pretty bogus I've got to go on another rehab assignment, but it is what it is," he said. "I don't make the decisions around here. I'm a puppet on a string, pretty much. I just get told to do what I need to do and I do whatever they tell me to do."

He also stated that he felt 100 percent and could pitch immediately. In his last rehab start which was also his third with the Bats, Latos went five innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits while striking out three batters. 

"Wednesday I mixed in a lot of two-seamers, the velocity was 90-94," said Latos. "I think when I start throwing 86-90 mph sliders, I think that says a lot about how I feel. The changeup was a little harder than what it normally is, and it was a lot better. The curveball was fine. I'm perfectly fine, the calf is not the issue."

The 26-year old right hander has been on the disabled list all season after sustaining multiple injuries throughout the past few months including surgeries on his right elbow and left knee. He is 28-11 over the past two seasons with the Reds while holding a 3.32 ERA. 

Tags: Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats, Mat Latos, MLB

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