News broke on the opening day of spring training as pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Arizona that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had undergone knee surgery. Not a major survey just arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in is left knee.
While pitchers were able to start tossing today Latos will be sidelined 10 days before he can start tossing again. While some think this is a major setback it is nothing the Reds and Latos cannot overcome. Latos is coming off elbow surgery to remove bone spurs back in October, he has said he hasn’t felt this good in years, fixing his knee will make him that much better.
Latos comes into the 2014 season off a 14-7 record in 2013 with a 3.16 ERA in 32 starts, leading the team. Latos is the projected opening day starter, this should not affect his status for opening day.
Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty does not seem overly concerned about his pitchers knee saying “It was an easy repair, a quick repair, very minor surgery. He’ll probably resume his throwing program in about 10 days.” If Jocketty is not concerned then neither should you.
Latos is the only “injured” (for lack of a better word) pitcher on the Reds staff, that is not something they have had the last few seasons. All starters are healthy and all relievers are healthy. Look for Latos to comeback stronger.