"Struggling to find my mechanics, my balance, my release point," he said after coming out of the game, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Everything was terrible. No other way to put it… I was destined to have a [bad] outing. I just didn’t know it was going to be one like that. That was borderline embarrassing. We’ll see if we can figure it out."
Latos indicated that he was having trouble with his release point Monday.
"The ball was coming out of my hand good, Latos said. "My release point is off. Normally I’m able to fix something when I’m on the mound. It only took me to the end of that third inning to kind of figure it out. I shortened my stride up just a little bit. I was landing too hard on my heel and spinning off and I shortened my stride up and I was able to get over the top of the ball.”
Latos has surrendered 11 earned runs in 10 innings this spring. He's expected to start the third game of the regular season.
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"I'd say we're probably set with those five guys, but I would never say 100 percent that we're set, because you never know what will happen," Redmond said.
Alvarez, Cosart and Koehler have struggled this spring while Haren and Latos have pitched well, but Redmond indicated he's not overly concerned with spring numbers.
"Part of spring training is not only building up your arm strength and your pitches," Redmond said, "it's working on things you're trying to sharpen up, whether it be Cosart working on his changeup, or guys working on secondary pitches they're trying to lock in for the season. I don't get overly excited about spring training outings. I look more at how they're executing pitches, whether they are keeping the ball down. We've missed up in the zone probably more than we have all spring, the last couple of starts for guys."
Latos breezed through the first three innings, sending down nine straight batters, but a single and stolen base at the top of the fourth put a runner in scoring position. A ground-rule double and another stolen base later, and a second run came home on a groundout before Latos retired the final two batters of the inning without issue. He finished with 36 strikes in 47 pitches.
"I felt good," Latos said after the outing, per the Associated Press. "I felt like I got in a groove early and got comfortable."
Latos tossed three scoreless innings in his first outing, giving him a 2.57 ERA in his two appearances.
"I was good enough to make pitches and get outs when I needed to," Latos said, per the Associated Press. "A couple ground ball double plays, those saved me."
Latos was initially scheduled to make start on Monday, but instead pitched a simulated game against minor-league players because of was a "little banged up," per manager Mike Redmond.
He is in his first year with the Marlins after being acquired in a December trade with the Reds. Last month, Latos indicated the Reds' medical staff rushed him back from knee surgery in 2014. He told reporters he's done talking about his former club.
"As far as what happened, it's done and it's over with," Latos said. "Turn the page."
Instead, Latos will pitch a simulated game against minor leaguers.
Redmond said that Latos was a "little banged up" and the team wanted "to ease him into it". While he wouldn't name the specific problem, Redmond said that Latos didn't have an arm injury, and he'd done all his spring bullpen work, as scheduled.
"He's fine," Redmond told the Miami Herald. "We're just being cautious with him and let him get back on the mound, control how many hitters and how many pitches he throws. He's getting all his work in."
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