The Cincinnati Reds have been stricken with the injury bug in recent days, as their best player, first baseman Joey Votto, was forced to hit the disabled list just as outfielder Jay Bruce was finally ready to return. However, Cincinnati could be getting an infusion of talent in the near future, as one of their best starting pitchers is set to begin a rehab assignment in the form of Mat Latos.
Latos to begin rehab assignment at AAA Louisville Sunday. 50-60 pitches expected pitch count #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 23, 2014
The 26-year-old Latos has been extremelye effective and durable throughout his career, but he has been unable to make a single appearance with the Reds this season as a result of various maladies. The big right-hander has posted back-to-back seasons with an ERA under 3.50 and more than 200 innings, however, and it would be huge for an already solid Reds rotation to get a potential ace back quickly.
Beginning a rehab assignment doesn’t necessarily signal a speedy return for Latos, but it is an undeniably positive sign. The final timetable for the arrival of Latos could be pushed to mid-June, but if he can return earlier, Cincinnati will add another option to the unit that has already been their strength this season.