Reds ace felt elbow soreness during last week of regular season.
On October 11, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an “arthroscopic procedure” to remove bone chips from his right elbow, this according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. The following day, Latos began physical therapy and is expected to be a full go for spring training.
During the season’s final week, Latos had stated he was feeling some soreness in the elbow. He was originally slated to start for the Reds in the Wild Card game, but was pulled back as a possibility to start Game 1 of the NLDS should the Reds advance. That seemingly backfired as former manager Dusty Baker sent Johnny Cueto to the hill and the Reds dropped the game, 6-2. Cueto was not effective.
This past season when Cueto hit the DL on three occasions, Latos stepped up and became the ace of the Reds staff. He finished 2013 with a record of 14-7, an ERA of 3.16 and a WHIP of 1.210. For the second straight season, Latos hurled over 200 innings and for the fourth straight year, amassed more than 180 strikeouts.
In his two seasons as a member of the Reds starting rotation, Latos is 28-11 in 65 starts. He’s the owner of a 3.32 ERA and a WHIP of 1.186. He has averaged 210 IP and 186 strikeouts in those two years. He also severely cut down on his HR allowed, going from 25 in 2012 to only 14 this past season. Latos also reduced his BB/9 from 2.8 in 29012 to 2.5 in 2013.
At Great American Ball Park, a virtual hitter’s dream, Latos was 9-2 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.124 WHIP. Away from Cincy, he was 5-5 while posting an ERA of 3.48 and WHIP of 1.281.
For the 2014 season, Latos will be in the final year of a two-year, $11.5 million deal.