Latos on target to pitch after hip tightness

Latos on target to pitch after hip tightness

CHICAGO -- Reds starter Mat Latos remains on schedule to start vs. the Cubs on Sunday after he experienced tightness in his right hip during his previous start.

"It feels good," Latos said on Friday morning. "I've been throwing and doing my running and lifting with bands to not put any pressure on it just to be sure. But it's been fine."

Pushed back an extra day because of Thursday's off-day, Latos threw his side session in the bullpen.

Latos pitched six scoreless innings and threw 91 pitches in a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Monday. He felt the tightness after hitting in the second inning and decided it was best not to continue pitching after the sixth.

"We already lost Johnny [Cueto to an injury]," Latos said. "I'm not going to risk anything further where I can't get my leg up in the position like I normally can. If it's a problem, then you're risking something else getting bothered. I just told them this had happened and they said they would get somebody up."

The weather forecast isn't optimal for keeping loose this weekend in Chicago, as chilly temperatures and rain are expected.

"I might have to jump in the hot tub after every inning," joked Latos, who is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts and has a streak of 17 scoreless innings.

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.