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Mat Latos (knee) was touched up for five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks over four innings in a rehab start with Double-A Pensacola Thursday.

Latos struck out three and threw 52 of 79 pitches for strikes. It's obviously not an ideal stat line, but as long as Latos comes out of the outing healthy the Reds won't be worried. The right-hander is slated to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Reds' rotation on April 13 or 14.

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Mat Latos (knee) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start with Double-A Pensacola on Thursday.

It will be one of two minor league games that Latos starts before hopefully returning to the Reds rotation on April 13 or 14. Alfredo Simon will occupy his spot for the first two turns through the rotation.

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Reds placed RHP Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a left knee injury.

Latos is also coming back from minor elbow surgery, but he's feeling healthy and simply needs to build up some stamina. The Reds are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin the rotation on April 13 or 14. Alfredo Simon will hold down a rotation spot until then.

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The Reds are hoping Mat Latos (knee) will be ready to rejoin the rotation on April 13 or 14.

Latos' surgically-repaired knee and elbow are feeling good, but he still needs to build up innings before being cleared for major league action. Alfredo Simon is serving as the club's fifth starter for now, but with off days he'll only need to make one start before April 13-14.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Mat Latos (knee) will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

That's been the assumption for a while. The Reds have been hopeful that he could be ready on April 6 when they first need a fifth starter, but that's looking unlikely now with Price saying Alfredo Simon will begin the year in the rotation. Latos pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and will throw in another one soon, so the club will be able to backdate a DL stint if necessary. However, he simply might not have enough stamina built up to be able to start in a couple weeks.

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Mat Latos (knee) threw 31 pitches over two innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Latos averaged 92-94 mph on his fastball and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired knee. It was his first live game of the spring. "I can't really complain for the first time," Latos said of his outing. "That first inning I was amped up and (was full of) adrenaline -- I was shaking on the mound, just trying to get the nerves out. It's something I've done for a long time, but with the crap I've been through the last couple of months, it was definitely exciting." He's hoping to join the Reds' starting rotation the second week of April.

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Mat Latos (knee) is tentatively scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Latos first has to make it through a Tuesday throwing session. He underwent surgery in mid-February for a tear of the meniscus in his left knee but is aiming to start the Reds' sixth game of the regular season on April 6 against the Mets. Because of an April 1 off-day, that's the first time Cincinnati will need a fifth starter.

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Mat Latos (knee) could appear in a minor league game on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Reds had been hoping he could make his Cactus League debut on Monday, but that's obviously not going to happen. Coming back from surgery to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee, Latos will begin the season on the disabled list but is hoping to be ready on April 6 when the club first needs a fifth starter.

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Mat Latos (knee) will throw live batting practice on Friday.

It will be the first time he's faced hitters since last month's surgery to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Latos was cleared for the live BP session after using all his pitches in an extended bullpen session on Tuesday. While he won't be ready for Opening Day, the Reds are hoping Latos can pitch the first time they need a fifth starter on April 6.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Mat Latos (knee) is "very close to game-ready."

Latos threw curveballs and sliders in a bullpen session on Tuesday and is soon slated for a live batting practice session. If he completes that without issue, Cincinnati will start thinking about penciling his name into an exhibition game. Price said over the weekend that Latos isn't an option for Opening Day but could be ready for a start on April 6.