Mat Latos' Mid-May Return Target Good News For Cincinnati Reds

By Grant E. Doepel
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Cincinnati Reds‘ ace Mat Latos is reported to be looking at mid-May for a return to the Reds’ rotation, according to multiple reports.

The reinstatement of Latos off of the disabled list would bring a sense of normalcy to the Reds’ pitching staff. While Alfredo Simon has been pitching phenomenally in place of Latos, the bullpen has suffered with the loss. With a healthy starting rotation, Simon would normally provide mid-inning relief for the Reds. Without him, a few of his replacements have struggled (Nick ChristianiLogan OndrusekTrevor BellManny ParraJJ Hoover).

A healthy Latos brings more to the team than just another starter — Latos brings ace credentials to the table. Pairing a healthy Latos with a dominant Johnny Cueto could prove to complete a rotation that is one weak link away from dominance.

While Latos’ path back to the health has taken longer than expected (which has been very reminiscent of the Sean Marshall and Nick Masset injuries), waiting for a 100 percent healthy Latos is smarter than rushing a less than perfect pitcher to the mound.

With just over two weeks standing between the Reds and mid-May, can the Reds stay afloat until reinforcements (Latos, Aroldis ChapmanSkip Schumaker) arrive?

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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