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.


Great news on the defensive side…. Now about the RIB EYE STEAKS????? I know my tune is getting old…..

Yes — it’s getting very old. I’m really not sure why you’re expecting/demanding a trade to happen now.

That’s my point Mark…. The need to drive in more runs has been obvious since the close of last season and with minimal changes therein to the roster the last 5 months….Its too late now….. THE REDS 2014 hope rides on Ryan’s back for the additional rib eye steaks…assuming everyone else – pitching, defense, small ball running, Hamilton OBP in high 300…and stellar years from our “core” – Votto, Phillips, Bruce, the reds then have a chance…. The Cardinals have improved…. They are going to be “tuffffffff”

You have one great gig ….

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Lets wait and see on the RBIs… RBIs are all about contact, putting the ball in play. This team has struggled to do that when runners are inscoring position. The first couple of games have proven an issue already but that doesnt mean it will remain one. I believe Price will push that issue more than before. I dont care about the number of RBIs. I just care about the percentage of RBIs when given the opportunity. Lets hope that gets better with Phillips and Bruce.

Headed down to AZ today. Will be in Goodyear for the game tomorrow. Ready for some sun, golf and baseball with my Dad and Brother. Will give you guys a report when I get back.

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