2014 Reds

Latos Scratched

The Enquirer is reporting that Mat Latos won’t start tonight for Louisville as planned.

The team has said manager Bryan Price will address the situation before Tuesday night’s game in St. Louis.

Latos last pitched Thursday for Double-A Pensacola, where he allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings.

Last night’s game in Columbus was rained out, as the scheduled starter for Monday’s game, left-hander David Holmberg, is now scheduled to start Tuesday night’s game.

Whatever the reason, this isn’t good news for a team that’s struggling right now.

26 thoughts on “Latos Scratched

  1. I agree it’s likely bad news. But it could be two other things – one, that they think he’s ready to pitch for the Reds now (unlikely), or two, that they are just moving him back a couple days to get him lined up with the spot in the rotation where he’s going to fit (possible).

    • “But it could be two other things”…

      Well there is another possibility. Maybe WJ tired of some of the weak hitting and finally pulled the trigger on a major trade. Not likely, but it is another possibility.

      • He better do it soon. It doesn’t take Einstein for people to see this team is going to struggle until they get the bopper they need. WJ has already said he could not afford Latos and Leake next season so one of them has to go. He should have paid Bailey a lot less and traded Bailey for Gardiner. But that is water under the bridge.

    • Or it is possible it is something even more mundane and they are simply not skipping the spot in Louisville’s rotation that wasn’t used yesterday due to the rainout.

  2. The five possibilities mentioned above and the chances they happen …

    (1) Latos coming off the DL to pitch in STL – < 0.1%
    (2) Latos traded – < 0.1%
    (3) Latos falling back a few days to align the rotation – < 0.1%
    (4) Latos being skipped because of the rain-out – 99.9%.

    The news would have broke already, from Dallas or someone else if it were as insignificant as any of the three above and a trade is simply out of the realm of possibilities.

  3. Some of my comment was cut off … but (5) was an injury, which was 99.9%. Not that crazy thing it shows above!

  4. Guess that means I’m not going to try to go to the Clippers game tonight. I’ve got laundry to do anyway.

  5. It appears that the Reds medical staff is not very good at repairing knee damage. Two surgeries for Joey and two for Mat. Hmmmm.

    • It has to be the trainers themselves, not the doctors. I had a torn meniscus that was worked on by Peter Cha who is one of the other Physicians at Beacon Orthopedics where Kremchek works and it turned out great.

      That said, that place is kind of amazing. All the walls are just covered in signed sports/entertainment memorabilia from famous people, not just Reds baseball.

  6. If Price has “address it” before tonight’s game, it isn’t good news. You’d think they’d have zero qualms about saying “Mat Latos has been scratched in favor of returning to the team in full.”

  7. I was hoping Latos being scratched was weather related, but if that was the case why would the Reds turn something so mundane as a weather related scratch into high drama by keeping everyone waiting on pins and needles.

  8. There certainly seems to me to be a pattern of players’ actual recovery time not at all lining up with the original prognosis. I hope that’s not the case here, because I’m really tired of it.

  9. Just announced by Sheldon … right elbow irritation. “Nothing serious”

    Dear God, that could not have been worse. Damnit.

    • http://marksheldon.mlblogs.com/2012/03/08/bullpen-ailing-add-chapman/

      *It’s early in camp and the Reds have three of their seven projected bullpen guys down with injuries — Nick Masset (shoulder), Bill Bray (groin) and Ryan Madson (elbow). Manager Dusty Baker isn’t worried, however.

      “Worrying does no good,” Baker said. “Every camp has somebody. You’d rather have it happen earlier than late. The doctor assured us it’s nothing serious.”

      - – - -

      That’s right, Nick Masset, Bill Bray, and Ryan Madison. All of them with “nothing serious”. Bray pitched 8.2 innings in 2012 and is out of the league now. The other two have never pitched a major league inning since. Only Masset is even still in the league at all.

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