Cincinnati Reds’ Mat Latos leaves game after straining his left calf

Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Mat Latos had to leave in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after straining his left calf.

Latos appeared to slip on the mound after he threw a pitch to Alfonso Soriano. Manager Dusty Baker, along with a trainer, went to the mound. Latos was experiencing some discomfort so he headed to the dugout.

“It felt like I landed in mud and I slipped,” Latos said. “The mound was a little loose on the landing spot a couple of times. I just got out a little too far and slipped.”

Latos says that he is fine and is listed as day to day.

“I’m alive and fine,” Latos said. “I just put a little ice on it. I’m fine. It was just a precaution.”

Before exiting the game, Latos gave up four hits and three runs. The Reds ended up losing 7-4.

This comes just three days after Reds’ closer Ryan Madson tore a ligament in his right elbow. He will have to undergo reconstructive surgery and miss the season.

Latos joined the Reds in a trade with the San Diego Padres during the off-season.

Last season, Latos went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA. He struck out 185.

This spring, Latos has a 2.41 ERA over 18 1/2 innings. He has walked three and struck out 11.

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