Latos throwing again
Reds pitcher Mat Latos, who suffered a setback earlier this month with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right arm, has resumed throwing and has been playing catch for three days.
Latos, who had October elbow surgery to remove bone chips and February surgery to fix torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, was close to being back when the latest setback happened on April 11. It appears he does not have to go all the way back to the drawing board, however.
“Part way back. It was a 10-day period of no throwing to get the inflammation out of his elbow,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It looks like from everything we’ve heard that mission so far has been accomplished. He’s throwing without discomfort. He’s been doing a lot of cardio work and strengthening work. So that part has been good. He’s not going to go back and throw six bullpens and two live batting practices and start with one inning in a simulated game. If we don’t have any setbacks, I imagine he could go out and throw somewhere in neighborhood of 45-60 pitches. I think it would be relatively safe if he’s feeling good.”
How long until Latos could get back on a mound?
“I probably have to lay eyes on him to know for sure and get the recommendation of Dr. Kremchek,” Price replied. “I don’t know when the intensity of the throwing will pick up, the length, the duration and distance. When he can go out there and play a good long toss and throw the ball aggressively on flat ground, the next step would be to throw. It’s probably a small handful of two or three bullpens before we get him back to facing hitters.”