Padres give Latos extra rest between starts

Padres give Latos extra rest between starts

MILWAUKEE -- The Padres decided to give 22-year-old starting pitcher Mat Latos two additional days off next week as they continue to watch his workload and his innings count.

The Padres are off on Monday, which would have given Latos an extra day of rest, as he would have started on Wednesday against the D-backs. He will now start the first game of a three-game series Friday against the Phillies at PETCO Park.

"It's an opportunity with the off-day to get him a few days more of rest," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We mentioned you might see this in the second half. He's been going at it hard the last number of starts."

Latos, who stands at 142 2/3 innings pitched, went 16 days between starts last month when he landed on the disabled list after trying to suppress a sneeze before the All-Star break.

The Padres have said they would like to keep Latos between 150-180 innings, though the number will, obviously, be a lot closer to 180 innings and perhaps even more -- especially if San Diego qualifies for the postseason.

"He's doing fine, his arm feels good," Black said.