Latos leaves with injury

The Reds were handed a 6-2 loss by the Rangers Saturday afternoon. But the real issue from the day is the status of starting pitcher Mat Latos.

*In the sixth inning with two outs and two runners on, Latos took a Geovany Soto hard one-hop grounder off of his left foot. The ball ricocheted towards the first base dugout as Soto had a RBI single. Latos limped around for a few moments before exiting the game with the trainer. Latos went to a local hospital for an x-ray. I will update when I have more information.

***UPDATE: X-rays taken on Latos’ left ankle were negative.

*Over his 5 2/3 innings, Latos allowed four runs and nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

*Great sequence during bottom of the first inning: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish froze Joey Votto with a 0-1 slow curveball for a strike as the crowd groaned. Darvish tried another fat curveball in a 1-2 count, but Votto knew exactly what to do and got all of it for a very, very, very long solo homer to right field that left the ballpark. As he left the batters’ box, Votto turned and said something to Soto. Meanwhile, Darvish was smiling as he rounded the bases. Votto gestured a ‘shhhh’ to the crowd behind the Reds dugout after he reached home plate.

“I was just fooling with the crowd,” Votto said. “It’s Spring Training and we’re having fun, there’s nothing really to it.”

“He put a good swing on the ball, that was good hitting,” Darvish said. “I don’t know what he meant by that but one of my teammates told me. I wasn’t too concerned about it. I was able to get him out the second and third time around.”

*Votto struck out during his other two at-bats against Darvish. No one is worried about Votto’s left knee anymore, are they? He is batting .359 (14-for-39) this spring with 10 RBIs.

*In the bottom of the fifth, Todd Frazier led off by hitting a 0-2 Darvish pitch over the left field fence for his fourth homer of spring, which is tied for the team lead. Frazier is hitting .333 (10-for-30) over his last 11 games.

*Shin-Soo Choo was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first game back since March 15.

“He was rolling before he got hurt,” manager Dusty Baker said pre-game. “We still have time to get him sharp again. We just have to be careful not to overextend him and it happens again.”

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