The Cincinnati Reds hope to receive good news about one of their top starting pitchers this week.
Mat Latos, who had meniscus surgery a little more than two weeks ago, is making good progress in his rehab and hopes to throw off a mound this week. From Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, manager Bryan Price said the following about Latos’ progress:
I’m optimistic he’ll be off the mound this week…It’s a matter of verifying there is no soreness issue and there is no lack of strength issue. I know he’s throwing. He’s champing at the bit to get off the mound. He’s been playing long toss and his arm feels great. Those are all excellent things.”
With the surgery being on his left knee, throwing off the mound will verify that Latos is OK landing on that leg using his normal motion. Last season Latos went 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA last season, a solid statistical season for any starter but especially one who pitches half of his games in the Great American Ballpark.
Latos also had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow earlier this off-season. While a team never wants a top starter to have two procedures in a single off-season, both surgeries are more maintenance than anything and it sounds like Latos should be fine for the start of 2014.