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Latos to make season debut on Monday

Latos to make season debut on Monday

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Latos to make season debut on Monday
SAN DIEGO -- It's official: Padres pitcher Mat Latos, a 14-game winner a year ago, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start on Monday against the Reds at PETCO Park.

Latos, on the disabled list since March 22 with bursitis in his right shoulder, will make his 2011 debut against a team he didn't face last season.

"It's time to get him back on the horse," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He feels ready. ... I think he's excited for his first start of the year."

Latos, who threw a side session before Friday's game against the Dodgers, told reporters this week he was itching to get into a game.

"Everything just feels right," Latos said.

Black said Latos -- who threw 70 pitches in a Minor League simulated game on Monday in Arizona -- will not be on a pitch count.

"He's pretty well stretched out," Black said.

Latos, one of three Padres pitchers to win 14 games a year ago, was on pace to make his first Opening Day start before suffering a sore shoulder two days after a March 21 exhibition start against the White Sox.

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