Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos (elbow, knee, calf) has been cleared to join the Reds' starting rotation this Saturday.

Latos tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville, reporting no issues with his elbow, calf, or knee. The 26-year-old right-hander registered a 3.16 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings last season for the Reds and has the ability to be a fantasy ace over the final two-thirds of 2014.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Mat Latos (elbow) will rejoin the rotation later this week if he gets through Monday's rehab start for Triple-A Louisville with no issues.

Latos last rehab outing was supposed to be his final one, but it was cut short due to a calf cramp. As long as the right-hander reaches his pitch count and feels healthy after Monday's outing, he'll be back in the rotation next weekend. Latos is on the same schedule as Tony Cingrani, essentially confirming that Cingrani will be sent to the bullpen (or possibly to Triple-A) after Monday's start against the Dodgers. Alfredo Simon will remain in the rotation.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos (elbow, calf) will make another rehab start.

Latos made what was supposed to be his final rehab start Wednesday, but he had to be pulled early because of a calf cramp. He's not happy about having one more tune-up outing. "I'm perfectly fine," Latos said. "I could pitch today. I'm a puppet on a string." Latos should rejoin the Reds' rotation late next week.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos made an early exit from his third rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Louisville due to a calf cramp.

Latos had only thrown 67 pitches. It was supposed to be his final rehab outing, but the Reds may want to extend his pitch count further before putting him back into the major league rotation. He was projected to throw 90-100 pitches against Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The right-hander has not made a start for Cincinnati this season.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos pitched well in his second minor league rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Friday, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Latos fanned three on the evening, throwing 46 of his 81 offerings for strikes. It's unclear if he'll make a third and final rehab start, or if his next outing will come as a member of the Reds rotation.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos (elbow) pitched four innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Latos walked one and struck out three on the night, throwing 32 of his 49 pitches for strikes. It's expected that he'll only require another one or two rehab starts before he's an option to finally make his season debut with the Reds.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.

It will likely be at Triple-A Louisville, though that's not set in stone yet. Latos will throw 50-60 pitches in the outing. It's not clear how many rehab appearances he'll need, but if he gets his pitch count up to 60 in his first one, he shouldn't need many more. Count on an early June return from the righty as long as all goes well.

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Mat Latos (elbow) will throw live batting practice Tuesday.

He's been cleared to face hitters after another successful bullpen session on Saturday. If Tuesday's live BP session goes well, Latos could be cleared for a rehab assignment. He's on track for an early June return. "The bullpen sessions feel really good," Latos said. "The ball feels like it's jumping out of my hand. I feel like I've got good action on my pitches. I'm able to throw all of my pitches. It wasn't an issue before hand but it's still a good thing. We're still on the right track."

Mat Latos SP CIN 2 Months

Reds transferred RHP Mat Latos from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jeff Francis, who will make a spot start in Thursday's doubleheader against the Padres. Latos (elbow) is currently throwing bullpen sessions and still at least three weeks away from returning to the Reds' rotation.

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Mat Latos (elbow) will throw two more bullpen sessions and a simulated game before beginning a rehab assignment.

Latos got through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues. Manager Bryan Price doesn't want to put a timetable on the right-hander, but Latos is trending towards a late May/early June return. "I try to stay with the day to day plan. We didn't anticipate the flexor mass strain," Price said on Tuesday. We always leave it open to be able to adjust it."