Latos, Reds downplay concern about illness

Latos, Reds downplay concern about illness

CINCINNATI -- The Twitterverse suggested Tuesday that Reds right-hander Mat Latos was sick with the flu. Latos disagreed, to put it lightly.

"I never had the flu," he said. "Whoever tweeted that is an idiot."

So what exactly was Latos dealing with?

"He's OK. Everybody said he was sick, but it's a matter of him having allergies, just like I have and a lot of people in the Ohio Valley have here," manager Dusty Baker said. "Mat is Mat, you know what I mean? He's OK."

The Reds passed on a chance to start Latos in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday on three days' rest. He would instead start Game 5 on Thursday, if necessary, or would be a candidate to start Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Sunday.