Latos, Leake throw in bullpen
Positive news for two Reds starting pitchers on Wednesday.
Mat Latos threw off of the mound for the first time since his left knee surgery on Feb. 14 to repair a meniscus tear. Latos threw 20 pitches, including five changeups. The rest, he said, were two-seam and four-seam fastballs.
“Everything feels fantastic,” Latos said. “I expected a little bit of soreness while I was throwing or to feel it once or twice. I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing. My mechanics were a little off. The ball was up but that’s to be expected. I’m almost three weeks late.”
“I let go for the last one and cut it loose and didn’t feel anything in the knee or the elbow. That’s a plus.”
Latos is already scheduled to have another bullpen session on Saturday. As for his readiness for the start of the regular season, he did not know.
“I’d love to be there against St. Louis for Opening Day and the next away series [at New York],” Latos said. “Am I pushing for it? Yes. But there’s nothing I can do. It’s out of my hands.”
Leake was throwing two mounds over from Latos and seemed to be having no issues as well. His first start of spring was scratched on Sunday because of a minor abdominal strain. He is now scheduled to start on Friday.