Even though Cincinnati Reds starter Mat Latos is slated to make another rehab assignment Monday, he’s not happy about it.
Latos was forced out of his most recent rehab start after just five innings and 67 pitches due to a calf cramp.
“The cramp happened, it was minor, Latos said to reporters. “They took me out as a precaution. I didn’t want to come out. It’s pretty bogus that I have to go on another rehab assignment, but it is what it is. I don’t make the decisions around here. I’m a puppet on a string. I get told to do what I need to do and I do it.”
Latos was visibly upset after being pulled from the rehab game Wednesday.
Reds reliever Alfredo Simon has taken Latos’ spot in the rotation since the injury occurred, and has performed exceptionally. The 33-year-old Simon is 7-3, with a 3.03 ERA in 11 starts, and could very well push youngster Tony Cingrani out of the rotation once Latos returns to the club. Simon’s absence from the bullpen has been evident, as they’ve struggled with middle relief.
Along with Latos, the Reds have dealt with a slew of injuries this season, including All-Stars Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman, and Jonathon Broxton.
Latos also officially has the second most-famous leg cramp of the week, behind that of LeBron James, during Game 1 of the NBA finals.