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Mat Latos cleared to join Reds’ rotation on Saturday

Jun 10, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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Mat Latos tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday for Triple-A Louisville, showing enough in that rehab start to convince Cincinnati’s decision-makers that he is finally ready for MLB action.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the right-handed Latos — who has been out all year because of knee, calf, and elbow issues — has officially been cleared to join the Reds’ starting rotation this Saturday night against the Brewers.

Latos posted a solid 3.16 ERA (121 ERA+) and 187 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings last season. The 26-year-old is capable of providing a nice boost for the Reds, who open play on Tuesday night with a disappointing 29-33 record and -20 run differential.

  1. miguelcairo - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    I was at his rehab start, he looked good. Reached 96 MPH here and there. You don’t quite see the ego until you sit behind home plate, however.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I just hope he can make a quality start before he tweaks something or feels a twinge. more importantly I can’t wait to see his reaction to a call he does not like or to the fact he may be pitching a great game but his team is being shut out. will he get pissed and lose it or has he matured enough to keep doing his job? there is intensity which is good and then there is the jerk who costs himself and his team because he can’t control his temper.

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