It was a long time coming for pitcher Mat Latos to finally find himself on the mound in a Cincinnati Reds uniform this season. Following surgery late last season to remove bone chips in his elbow, Latos underwent a procedure on his knee to begin Spring Training. He had a few setbacks throughout his rehab but was finally able to reach 100 percent.
Saturday, the 26-year old right hander surrendered just two hits over six innings while striking out four in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He received the no-decision after the Reds bullpen was unable to keep the lead intact.
"Emotional, for sure. You know, first time back, and it's been a while," said Latos. "It's been a struggle to get where I was today, so it's definitely good. The outcome kind of sucks, but that's baseball. They're in first place for a reason. And we've just got to come back strong tomorrow."
"This is his first start of the season. He did his job," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I don't regret taking him out. I regret the result, the fact we lost the game. He did exactly what we hoped he'd do."
"You never want to give up runs, especially after we had the lead and lost it and we came back to tie it up," Hoover said. "You don't want to let them get ahead, so, that's what really sucks about tonight."
Barring any setbacks, Latos will find himself back on the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays later this week.