Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Latos set for simulated game on Tuesday

Latos set for simulated game on Tuesday play video for Latos set for simulated game on Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos threw off of a mound on Saturday for the third time since an April setback of a strained flexor mass tendon. Latos threw 35 pitches in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park.

"Fantastic. I threw everything -- fastball, changeup, slider, curveball," Latos said. "I threw from the wind-up and I threw from the stretch."

On Tuesday in Washington, Latos is scheduled to face Reds hitters in a simulated game.

"I think the game plan is to see a righty and a lefty or a couple of righties and a couple of lefties in Washington," Latos said.

One of the lefty hitters will be right fielder Jay Bruce, who is also on the disabled list after he had left knee surgery on May 5.

"I think they wanted me to give Jay Bruce an ego boost before he comes back," Latos joked. "I'm going to go out there and lay it down the middle, and hopefully he hits four home runs off me so we can get him back as soon as possible."

Latos could begin a rehab assignment shortly after his simulated game, and an early June activation from the DL remains possible. But it's been a long process since his October elbow surgery to remove bone chips and a February surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

"I don't want to get too excited, because we've been down this road before and then I had that flare-up and setback," Latos said. "Knock on wood, but everything is going really well. It's going great. The bullpen sessions feel really good. The ball feels like it's jumping out of my hand. I feel like I've got good action on my pitches. I'm able to throw all of my pitches. It wasn't an issue beforehand, but it's still a good thing. We're still on the right track."

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.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español