Reds right-hander Mat Latos was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Brewers due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow. It’s not believed to be a serious injury, but the regular season is over in two weeks and Cincinnati enters play Sunday with a record of 71-78. So there’s no reason to push it.
Reds manager Bryan Price spoke on Latos’ status Saturday to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer …
“We’re not going to try to force feed Mat his last few starts if he’s not feeling really good,” Price said. “It doesn’t make much sense for us. I’d like him to pitch, but I don’t want to exacerbate an existing issue. He’ll have to come quite a ways to make that next start.”
Latos will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. He can become a free agent heading into 2016.
The 26-year-old got a late start to the 2014 campaign due to knee and elbow issues but wound up posting a strong 3.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 16 starts. He has a 3.31 ERA (117 ERA+) in 81 total starts for the Reds.