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Latos glad ankle injury isn't too serious

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos wore a wrap on his left ankle Sunday morning after he received some treatment.

Latos knew he was fortunate after he was struck by a hard one-hopper back to the mound from the bat of Rangers catcher Geovany Soto in the sixth inning on Saturday.

"It doesn't hurt too bad today, but it did yesterday," Latos said. "I can walk on it. I don't have to use crutches."

After he exited the game, Latos went to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative for a fracture.

Upon being struck by the ball, Latos said his ankle immediately went numb. He limped around the mound for a few moments because he expected to keep pitching, but was pulled anyway by manager Dusty Baker since he was at the pitch-count limit for the day.

"It didn't really bother me until I got here [at the complex]," Latos said. "It was black and blue ... It hit me square on the ankle. Right on the bone. If it had been two inches above or below, it would probably have been a lot better. We'll survive."

Latos' final spring start is scheduled for Thursday.

"I better be able to make my next start. I'm not one to sit out," said Latos, who has a 3.78 ERA through four Cactus League starts. "I asked the lady who took the X-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It's just sore. We're taking it day by day and we'll see how it goes."

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.

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