Latos close to returning to rotation

Latos close to returning to rotation

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Mat Latos, sidelined with bursitis in his right shoulder, will likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list for a start next week when the Cincinnati Reds come to PETCO Park.

San Diego manager Bud Black indicated that Latos came out of his start Monday against Minor League hitters in a simulation game in Arizona fine and that he's close to rejoining the starting rotation.

The Padres open a three-game series Monday against the Reds.

Latos threw 70 pitches in that game and was encouraged by not only the results but how he felt afterward.

"Yesterday went really well," Latos said. "Everything felt smooth. The ball came out of my hand well. I feel at 100 percent. I don't feel any soreness or tightness."

Latos landed on the disabled list to start the season and is actually eligible to come off it Wednesday. But he'll remain with the team and will throw under the supervision of his pitching coach, Darren Balsley, before the team activates him.

Latos was on target to make his first Opening Day start before suffering soreness in his right shoulder late in Spring Training. He was placed on the disabled list, backdated to March 22.

Now he's ready to rejoin his teammates and try to build off his first full season, when he won 14 games.

"Everything just feels right," Latos said.