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Mat Latos throws two innings against minor leaguers in first live game since knee surgery

Mar 19, 2014, 7:38 PM EST

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Positive development Wednesday in Reds camp.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, starter Mat Latos tossed two scoreless innings against minor league hitters in his first live appearance since undergoing surgery on February 14 to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.

Latos threw 31 pitches — 19 strikes — giving up three hits but fanning four. His fastball averaged 92-94 mph and a couple of times touched 95 mph.

“I can’t really complain for the first time,” the right-hander told Rosecrans after his outing on Wednesday. “That first inning I was amped up and (was full of) adrenaline — I was shaking on the mound, just trying to get the nerves out. It’s something I’ve done for a long time, but with the crap I’ve been through the last couple of months, it was definitely exciting.”

Latos is aiming to join the Reds’ regular-season rotation on or around April 6.

He had a stellar 3.16 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings last year.

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