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Mat Latos slips while throwing, undergoes knee surgery

Feb 14, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Early bad news from Reds camp, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mat Latos “slipped while throwing” and tore the meniscus in his left knee.

He underwent surgery today and the team says he’s expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days. If that’s an accurate return timetable Latos would have plenty of time to be ready for Opening Day, but obviously setbacks are possible with a mid-February knee surgery and … well, that seems pretty optimistic.

Latos, who’s started at least 31 games in each of his four full seasons in the majors and tossed a career-high 210 innings last year, previously underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in October.

  1. spudchukar - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    It would be a “medical miracle” to recover from plant leg meniscus tear surgery in 10 days. What would be even more remarkable would be if the Reds were dumb enough to let him try.

    • paperlions - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Yeah, 10 days is REALLY optimistic for a torn meniscus. 10 days would be optimistic for even a minor clean up procedure.

      • racksie - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        I had meniscus surgery about 7 years ago. I had a very physical job, hauling about 150-200 pounds down stairs multiple times a day on a two wheeler. I was working in 11 days. No problem. Not a major league ballplayer, but you see my point. And desk jockeys are regularly scheduled on Fridays to return to work on Monday. Seems realistic for him to at least get back to throwing. Probably not off a mound though.

      • paperlions - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Interesting. As a FF player, seems like every time I have a guy go down with a torn meniscus, recovery is slow and he’s useless for a few weeks after he comes back.

      • bendover09 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        @racksie yeah well, thats all nice stuff but you’re not a multi millionaire that is on a contract … He might be able to function within 10 days but it is stupid to rush a injury this early in the off season

  2. js20011041 - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but that timetable seems extraordinarily optimistic. I’ve torn my meniscus before and, although I didn’t need surgery, I was feeling the effects of it for at least six weeks. I suppose that, it being his plant leg and not his drive leg, that he would be able to come back a little sooner though.

  3. mentalotherhalf - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I’ve had four meniscus tears cleaned up. Have had quite a few friends undertake it, too. In ten days, he’ll be supporting his own weight again, the swelling and whatnot will be pretty much gone, and he’ll feel steady enough to try to do stuff. Maybe long/soft toss? He’ll feel really well in just 2-3 weeks, except for those moments when it feels like his leg has completely fallen out from under him: not the sort of thing you want happening anywhere near a mound. It’s possible that after about 4-6 weeks, depending on his response to PT, he might be in ST game shape. It’ll probably bug him intermittently for 3-6 months, though.

  4. bostonboresme - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    At least now he has a funny tattoo idea.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Corey Hart tore his miniscus. Then he ended up missing the whole damn season.

  6. crookedstick - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    C. Trent Rosencrans tweeted this clarification….FWIW, the technical term for what Latos had done is a partial meniscectomy, not a ‘meniscus repair’. Much less serious #Reds

  7. metalhead65 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    this is just the beginning of a injury plagued year for him. first this then he will be rushed back and pull something then he will adjust something to compensate hurting his arm leading to Tommy John surgery. it is never anything simple with the reds.

    • spudchukar - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Well Tin Top good to see you are in mid-season form. A virtual breath of fresh air.

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