Latos pushed back in post-break rotation

Latos pushed back in post-break rotation

DENVER -- Padres manager Bud Black set his post All-Star break rotation on Sunday -- with one caveat.

Jon Garland, Clayton Richard and Kevin Correia will get starts against Arizona starting on Friday in a series at PETCO Park.

It hasn't been determined when Wade LeBlanc or Mat Latos will pitch. The Padres have said they want to be mindful of Latos' workload in the second half of the season.

The All-Star break not only allows the team to reset its rotation but, with an off-day on Monday, July 19, the Padres have the opportunity to push Latos back even further in the rotation.

The Padres open a six-game road trip to Atlanta and Pittsburgh on July 20, meaning the team could turn the rotation over and not have Latos pitch until the second game against the Pirates on July 24. There's also an off-day on July 26.

If this is indeed the case, Latos will have gone 16 days between starts.

"This is a good opportunity for the organization to give Mat a breather so when we move into the second half, he can resume the great first half he had," Black said.

Black maintained Sunday that he's still thinking that Latos -- who is 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA since May 7 -- will throw between 150 and 180 innings this season. He enters the All-Star break with 106 2/3 innings.

If the Padres do push Latos back until the Pirates series, they would likely need to move him off the roster and add a pitcher to take his place. That could be handled by sending him to Triple-A Portland or placing him on the disabled list.

The Padres are hopeful Latos will be added to the All-Star team should the National League need to add a player to its roster.