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Latos says recovery going well

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Mat Latos found how quick it is to suffer an injury.

He’s making his recovery nearly as quick.

The Cincinnati Reds’ talented right-handed pitcher had bone chips removed from his right elbow in October. He was throwing early last week in preparation for the opening of spring training when he slipped and suffered a slight tear of his meniscus in the left knee.

“My foot stayed planted and I just twisted and my foot didn’t give,” said Latos as he explained the accident.

Latos underwent surgery Friday by Reds’ medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek and he is expected to resume throwing in 10 days.

Latos was 14-7 last season with a 3.16 earned run average in 32 starts. He wants to earn the Opening Day starter honor, but he said he doesn’t plan to rush his recovery.

“We’re not going to win a championship in April,” said Latos. “I guess a good sign is you see me up and walking around. There is no limp. There is no pain. I haven’t taken any medication since the surgery. Everything feels good.”