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MLB Rumors: Mat Latos hopes to be ready to open season in rotation

The Cincinnati Reds are hoping to have one of their top starting pitchers ready for their first turn in the rotation this regular season.

Mat Latos, who is working his way back from meniscus surgery this off-season, continues to make progress in his rehab. Having completed his first live throwing session of Spring Training, Latos is now hoping to open the season in the team’s rotation.

Manager Bryan Price acknowledged that possibility, noting that it might slot Latos into the 5th spot in the rotation even if he is not the team’s “5th starter” by any means. From

I’m still optimistic that Mat could be ready to pitch — it’d basically be as the fifth starter for timing reasons.”

Latos discussed his progress and what still needs to improve for him between now and the regular season:

Everything was good. I was a little anxious, a little nervous. My mechanics are definitely rusty…I can’t complain for the first time out facing live hitters. I was a little amped up. All in all, I’m satisfied. There are a couple of tweaks and adjustments I need to make.”

The Reds’ chances of getting off to a good start will be improved tremendously if Latos, who went 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA last season, is healthy and in the fold from day one.

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