X-rays on Latos' left foot negative

X-rays on Latos' left foot negative

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Right-hander Mat Latos left Saturday's game against the Rangers with a left foot injury after being struck by a ball hit toward the mound. He was later taken for X-rays that came back negative, according to a team spokesman.

In the top of the sixth inning with two outs and two runners on base, Geovany Soto smacked a one-hopper that bounced hard off of Latos' foot and skipped toward the first-base dugout. Soto reached safely with an RBI single.

Latos limped around the mound for a couple of moments before exiting the game.

After returning to the team's complex, Latos left on crutches and went to a local hospital.

Over his 5 2/3 innings, Latos allowed four runs and nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts. He is expected to be the Reds' No. 2 starter in the rotation and would be scheduled to make his regular-season debut on April 3 against the Angels.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.