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Mat Latos undergoes MRI on forearm

Apr 12, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Latos told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that it’s actually his forearm that’s bothering him and that he went for an MRI today. He’s still awaiting the results.

10:58 a.m. ET: Reds right-hander Mat Latos was scratched from his second minor league rehab start on Tuesday due to right elbow inflammation and John Fay and C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer report that he felt continued discomfort during a bullpen session yesterday.

Latos declined to speak to reporters after throwing, but Reds trainer Paul Lessard said that he will be shut down for a few days.

“There was still a little tenderness in the flexor mass,” Lessard said. “It’s back to more treatment, instead of pitching. We were hoping if the bullpen went well today that maybe he could pitch on Sunday or Monday. That doesn’t look reasonable right now.

“We’ve got to take some time and get him stronger and less painful, hopefully pain-free.”

Latos was forced to begin the year on the disabled list following left knee surgery in February, but he also had an elbow cleanup procedure in October. His absence appears likely to stretch into May at this point. Alfredo Simon will continue to fill his spot in the starting rotation for now.

  1. yahmule - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Well, that sucks.

  2. jonrox - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Fair to say the Reds have a bad medical team? They’re just never able to get anyone healthy.

    • chc4 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Wow, what a silly comment. Are you actually inferring that a professional baseball team employs subpar doctors/trainers? You are not so smart. Players get hurt regardless of the uniform they wear.

      • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Sure, anyone can get hurt, but the Reds’ recent history with diagnosing the type and severity of injuries has not been stellar.

        Joey Votto’s knee and the bullpen in general are pretty good examples of that. Not saying the team doctors are bad, just observing facts.

      • yahmule - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        I don’t think it’s strains credulity to believe some medical staffs are better than others. Or that some have better resources or more autonomy/authority than others regarding protocols within the team structure.

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Every fan base thinks their medical team is horrible because original and optimistic timelines are generally not met. As fans, we have approximately 0% of the relevant information to make a judgement on the efficacy of the medical staffs.

      • jonrox - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        My concern is the pattern of “set-backs” for players deemed ready. The reds have about a half dozen players with injuries that just kind of lingered throughout the last couple of years.

      • paperlions - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I understand, but as a Cardinal fan, I can tell you that the same thing happens with them and the fans say the same thing every time.

        I think it arises because teams and players try to do the least possible to get a player back ASAP and because teams and players almost always choose the least invasive approach, leading to “setbacks” that are highly likely to happen because the first approach is the one with the fastest recovery time…not the one with the highest likelihood of success.

  3. chiadam - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Ruh roh.

  4. metalhead65 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    just schedule the surgery already so he does not miss next season rehabbing. every injury he has had has been described as minor since the start of spring training. he will be pitching for the reds this season just like shawn marshall and nick masset will right?

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