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Mat Latos could rejoin the Reds’ rotation this week

Jun 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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Reds starter Mat Latos will make a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Monday, and if all goes well, he could rejoin the Reds’ rotation later this week to make his 2014 season debut, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Latos, recovering from a strain in his right elbow, does not think the rehab start is necessary.

When Latos comes back, Tony Cingrani could move to the bullpen. He’s currently on the same schedule as Latos, and is clearly the easiest to move out of the rotation. Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey (despite his struggles) have cemented spots, while Alfredo Simon and Mike Leake are both pitching well. Cingrani is carrying a 4.09 ERA and a 53/28 K/BB ratio in 55 innings.

  1. hoopmatch - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Too bad for Tony, but if he works hard he will get his chance to start again. And kudos to Simon for pitching his way into the rotation. It’s every long reliever’s dream come true.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    that is a big if with latos. we have been hearing how minor his injuries have been since Feb. and he can’t go 4 innings in a rehab start without feeling a tweak or twinge so I will believe it when I see him on the mound for the reds. as far as the rotation goes they need to keep Cingrani in it and tell him to go back to throwing all fastballs. despite what everybody told him he got by pretty good with that one pitch and now he has been convinced he has to throw a breaking ball every other pitch he is getting hit hard. just block those people out and go with what got you here. had he stayed with that and got hit hard he would would have figured out he needed to have more pitches but as it is he is thinking to much about it and getting hammered.

  3. miguelcairo - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    I’ll be at that his rehab start. Wonder if he’s just gonna fire all fastballs.

  4. ch0psuey - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Godspeed Mat Latos

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