Reds right-hander Mat Latos will take a significant step tomorrow in his recovery from February surgery on his left knee, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time this spring.
Latos, who is also coming back from a cleanup procedure on his elbow in October, was cleared to face hitters after he used all of his pitches in an extended bullpen session on Tuesday. There’s not enough time left on the exhibition calendar for him to be stretched out in time for Opening Day, but the Reds haven’t ruled him out as an option to pitch when they need a fifth starter for the first time on April 6 against the Mets in New York.
Latos, 26, posted a 3.16 ERA and 187/55 K/BB ratio over 210 2/3 innings last season.
The Marlins game was understandably cancelled yesterday. The baseball schedule has always gone on in such situations, however, and the Marlins will host the Mets tonight in Miami.
As they do so, they will all be wearing number 16, Jose Fernandez’s number, in honor of their fallen teammate.
A nice gesture on what will certainly be an emotional night.
ESPN’s Keith Law reports the Twins have hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations.
Falvey has been the Indians assistant general manager for the past year after spending a decade with the organization. He’s only 33 and he’s analytically-inclined. Which, given that the Twins front office has been particularly young or analytically-inclined, should be a pretty major change of pace. It’s also worth noting that going from one year of experience as an assistant general manager all the way to president of baseball operations — who will presumably oversee a general manager of his own — is a big, big jump. Either the Twins have a LOAD of confidence in Falvey or else they were having serious issues finding more experienced candidates. Of course both of those things could be true.
The Twins’ longtime general manager, Terry Ryan, was fired in July. The club lost its 100th game yesterday, marking only the second time since the franchise moved to Minnesota that it has lost that many games.