In the first bit of official news to come out of Reds camp since the announcement of Dusty Baker's firing, the team has announced that Mat Latos underwent successful right elbow surgery last Friday. The arthroscopic procedure did well to remove some nagging bone chips.
Latos has already begun therapy and is expected to be at full health by the time spring training rolls around in February.
If you recall, Latos was slated to start the Wild Card game against the Pirates, until word got out that his throwing elbow was causing him great discomfort.
In an interview conducted after he was fired, Baker revealed that Latos couldn't throw his curveball in a bullpen session following his final start of the regular season, which immediately raised a red flag.
With Latos unable to pitch, the Reds called upon Johnny Cueto to take the ball in the Wild Card game, instead. As you know, Cueto turned in a sub-par outing and the Reds lost the game, leaving fans to wonder what might have been had Latos pitched.
At age 25, Latos was undoubtedly Cincinnati's most reliable starting pitcher in 2013, producing 14 wins, a 3.16 ERA, and 187 strikeouts in 210.2 innings of work. He will be leaned on more than ever next season as veteran Bronson Arroyo won't likely return to the rotation.
Via Cincinnati Enquirer