Mat Latos to start Saturday for Reds

Mat Latos will return to the Cincinnati rotation Saturday.
Mat Latos will return to the Cincinnati rotation Saturday. (USATSI)

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Right-hander Mat Latos will make his 2014 debut with the Reds Saturday, as expected, the Reds have announced (Jamie Ramsey on Twitter). Latos has spent the entire season to date on the disabled list, as he had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus in the spring and then dealt with an elbow strain while working his way back.

In four minor-league rehab starts on this last comeback, Latos had a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He threw 81 pitches in his most recent start, so he can approach 100 next time out and be fine.

Latos, 26, was 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA (121 ERA+), 1.21 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 210 2/3 innings last season for the Reds.

As for the rotation spot, the Reds haven't announced anything just yet, but the best guess is Tony Cingrani will be sent down to Triple-A. The 24-year-old lefty is 2-7 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 11 starts this season. Meantime, Alfredo Simon -- who got Latos' spot in the rotation at the beginning of the season -- is 9-3 with a 2.95 ERA and can't possibly be removed at this point. Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey obviously need to stay put and Mike Leake (3-6, 3.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) has been better than Cingrani.

Latos will take the ball in Milwaukee against Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 3.71) and the first-place Brewers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

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