Latos continues to rebuild strength following surgery

Latos continues to rebuild strength following surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds pitcher Mat Latos, who had surgery on Feb. 14 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, threw for the third straight day on Friday. Manager Bryan Price believed Latos was gradually getting closer to being able to throw from a mound.

"I think we have to make sure the strength is there," Price said. "The good thing is he's strong enough to go out there and not just be weight-bearing, but be able to be active and throw and keep his arm in shape."

Latos is up to throwing at distances of over 60 feet on flat ground.

"As you guys know, pitching -- a lot of it starts with the legs, works through the core and comes out through the hand," Price said. "He's still doing all of his flexibility and strength exercises. When he's ready, we'll get him out there."

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