Reds optimistic re: Latos, Bailey
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is no longer in the picture for what’s left of this season because of the bone bruise in his right elbow. Latos is already working on his rehabilitation to be ready for 2015.
“I don’t think there’s concern that there are long term issues,” manager Bryan Price said on Wednesday. “I think he has some inflammation. It’s been strictly a rehab process to this point. He’s been able to throw but not able to throw completely pain free. He’s been examined by Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He’s been getting regular attention from [head trainer] Paul Lessard and training the staff. We anticipate him — without any hiccups, any concerns at all – going into Spring Training 2015. There are no reservations at all in that regard.”
*Price said he visited with injured pitcher Homer Bailey for 30 minutes in his office on Tuesday. Bailey, who has been working out at Beacon Orthopedic while the club was out of town, hasn’t been in the clubhouse when the media has been allowed in. He had surgery to repair a small tear in the flexor mass tendon near his right forearm earlier this month.
“He’s one guy who is ready to get that sling off of his arm, I’ll tell you that,” Price said.
The expectation is that Bailey should be ready to be in the rotation when next season starts.
“I don’t think he’s in jeopardy of missing any significant time during next year, if any at all,” Price said. “We’re hoping he’ll be ready by Opening Day but if not, it should be somewhere to close to it.”