Sep 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (55) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reds' Mat Latos unhappy about rehab assignment


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.

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  • metalhead65

    newsflash latos it may come as a shock to you but it is more about team than you. in order to activate you they need to make roster moves and before they do that they need to know that you can go more than 3 innings before you “tweak” feel a twinge or come up with some other minor injury that will keep from making your next start when they do activate you. you are getting paid allot of money for doing nothing to help the reds this season so shut up and do what you are told!!!