Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is wearing a wrap on his left ankle and got some treatment on Sunday morning. But he seemed to be doing OK after taking a one-hopper off of the ankle from the bat of Geovany Soto on Saturday.
“It doesn’t hurt too bad today but it did yesterday,” Latos said. “I can walk on it. I don’t have to use crutches.”
After exiting the game, Latos went to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative for a fracture.
Latos’ final spring start is scheduled for Thursday.
“I better be able to make my next start. I’m not one to sit out,” Latos said. “I asked the lady who took the x-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It’s just sore. We’re taking it day by day and we’ll see how it goes.”
Latos said he was told by the doctor to keep moving today and he planned to ride the exercise bike.
After being struck by the ball Saturday, Latos said his ankle immediately went numb. He limped around the mound because he expected to keep pitching but was pulled anyway since he was at pitch-count limit for the day.
“It didn’t really bother me until I got here [at the complex],” Latos said. “It was black and blue… It hit me square on the ankle. Right on the bone. If it had been two inches above or below, it would probably have been a lot better. We’ll survive.”