Various sources (Fay, Sheldon) reporting that Mat Latos has right elbow irritation. Not viewed as serious. Will be backed off a few days. No timetable for next rehab outing. Could play catch as soon as today. Price says not serious, “We’re taking the conservative approach.”
The Reds had announced earlier this afternoon that Latos would be scratched from his scheduled start for the Louisville Bats who play in Columbus tonight. Latos last pitched Thursday for Double-A Pensacola, where he allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings.
After that start, Latos said: “My ego is a little bruised, but it is what it is. No, I feel great. I was throwing strikes. I got hit around and hit around hard, but regardless, the control was there,” said Latos who gave up five runs, seven hits — five for extra bases — on 79 pitches in his four innings of work. “It’s just a matter of finishing the hitters. Making that pitch when I needed to.” (Pensacola News Journal)
Latos underwent elbow surgery last October and then had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 14, the day pitchers and catchers were set to report. He did not pitch at all during spring training.
In other roster news: The Reds reinstated RHP Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day DL (right forearm surgery, Aug 23) and placed RHP Trevor Bell on the disabled list with “inflammation in his right elbow.” Broxton threw two scoreless innings in Spring Training. Bell has given up five hits and five earned runs in his two appearances in 2014. It’s unfortunate that the Reds used a pitcher who wasn’t 100% healthy in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, especially with virtually every other pitcher in the bullpen available.