Latos throws two innings
Finally, Mat Latos had his first game of spring on Wednesday. Latos threw in a minor league game with Class A Bakersfield against the Indians’ Class A team.
The line: 2 ip, 3H, 0 R, 0 K, 4 Ks
31 pitches/19 strikes
Latos was averaging between 92-94 mph and touched 95 mph several times. All four of his strikeouts came via the breaking ball.
The outing was big because Latos is coming off Feb. 14 left knee surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He also had bone chips removed from his right elbow in an October surgery.
“I can’t really complain for the first time,” Latos said. “The first inning, I was definitely amped up. I was over-adrenalined, and stuff like that pumping through my body. I was shaking on the mound just trying to get the nerves out. It’s something I’ve done for a long time but when you get back on the mound, especially the crap that I’ve been through the past couple of months, it was definitely exciting.”
There was a scare in the second inning. On a 3-1 pitch, Latos came off the mound funny and walked around. It turned out that he rolled his left ankle a little on a softer mound than he was used to. But he is OK.
“It was tingling and numb when I did it and it was bugging me a little bit so I just wanted to walk it off,” Latos said. “Of course, they’re thinking it’s the knee. I’m praying to God it wasn’t the knee and thankfully, it wasn’t the knee. They just wanted to make sure.”
I will have much more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.