WASHINGTON- Cincinnati Reds right-hander starter Mat Latos is making great progress, and could be on his way for making a rehab start after throwing live batting practice on Tuesday, said Reds manager Bryan Price.
Price said Latos, who’s been rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right elbow and left knee, threw 40 pitches, which is two innings in a simulated game, and everything looked good. The rehab start could come next if all goes well.
“I think it was a positive all the way around,” Price said. “If he gets through everything in the next couple days, I think we can slot him five days from now for his first rehab start.”
Price said it’s possible Latos could go three or four innings in the rehab start. But the location of his potential start has yet to be determined, as it will depend upon the weather and where the Reds’ Minor League teams are playing.
Outfielder Jay Bruce, also on the disabled list with left knee issues, batted against Latos and clearly liked what he saw in the workout and simulated game.
“He looked like Latos, honestly,” Bruce said. “I hope that he comes back soon, because he’s going to be a big boost to us.”
With the Reds struggles to start the season, having Latos back in the rotation will be a big boost to the starting rotation and the team.