GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Starter Mat Latos had surgery to repair torn
cartilage in his left knee on Friday while the rest of the Cincinnati
Reds pitchers and catchers got physicals and worked out.
Their spring training started with a setback.
Latos is expected to be sidelined for about 10 days. He tore
cartilage while throwing in Arizona a few days ago, and an MRI found the
tear. He had arthroscopic surgery on Friday morning while his teammates
were getting ready (OTCBB:GTRY) for the first workout of camp.
"It was an easy repair, a quick repair," general manager Walt
Jocketty said. "Very minor surgery. He'll probably resume his throwing
program in about 10 days."
Latos went 14-7 last season with a 3.16 ERA in 32 starts. He had
surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow at the end of the
season and had recovered well from that operation. He felt something
happen in the knee during one of his throws while he worked out on
When the knee was sore a day later, Latos went for an MRI that found
the tear. The Reds think there's a good chance he can be ready to start
"Is it unfortunate? Yeah," Jocketty said. "But it's not something we're overly concerned about."
Except for Latos, the pitching staff is healthy as the Reds open camp
under first-year manager Bryan Price, who was elevated from pitching
coach to replace Dusty Baker. Price moved from field to field during the
first workout on Friday, forcing himself to let his assistant coaches
fill their roles without interference.
"First day with the pitchers and catchers as manager, it's an
unbelievably exciting time for me," Price said. "More importantly, the
guys looked good."
Price stood by the side of one of the bullpen mounds and watched
catcher Brayan Pena work with minor leaguer Chad Rogers, a right-hander
who made it to Triple-A last season.
"C'mon kiddo," Pena said, crouching behind a plate. "You're dancing with the stars!"
When Rogers threw a fastball right on spot, Pena yelled out, "There you go!"
Price resisted the urge to step in during the workout -- that's the job of new pitching coach Jeff Pico.
"It's already in good hands," Price said. "It's going to be hard to
break the instincts of being a pitching coach, but I'll get there."
Two of the Reds' biggest questions in the bullpen involve their
set-up relievers. Both are making progress from injuries that wiped out
much of last season.
Right-hander Jonathan Broxton had surgery in August to repair a tear
in his forearm. He's had no setbacks as he gets back into pitching
"Broxton's on a throwing program, throwing three or four days a
week," Price said. "I think we're going to stay pretty consistent with
it. Again, he's another guy that we don't know when he's going to be
ready. He could be ready for opening day, we could be getting him later
Left-hander Sean Marshall was on the disabled list for most of the
season with a sprained shoulder that limited him to 16 appearances. He
came off the disabled list on Sept. 16 and made five hitless
appearances, an indication he was finally healthy. Marshall said on
Friday that he's been cautious in the offseason, trying to get the
shoulder back to full strength.
He led the Reds with 73 appearances in 2012. He developed a sore
shoulder during spring training last year and had trouble getting
"It wasn't very fun," Marshall said. "You just kind of keep going.
The only thing I can do is just stay with my strengthening program. Take
it a little slower this year in spring training and peak at the right
Notes: Three players couldn't make the first workout because of
travel problems caused by the East Coast storm. Pitchers Carlos
Contreras, Daniel Corcino and infielder Neftali Soto had their flights
cancelled. ... Soto, who was a catcher earlier in his career, has asked
for the chance to catch during spring workouts so he can become more
versatile. He could be used as an emergency catcher. ... The Reds are
still trying to reach agreement with pitcher Homer Bailey, who has an
arbitration hearing scheduled for Feb. 20. Bailey has asked for $11.6
million, while the Reds have offered $8.7 million.