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Mat Latos cleared to begin rehab assignment

Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06: Starting pitcher Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Mat Latos, who hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Reds this season because of a spring training knee injury followed by a flexor mass strain, is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Latos will throw 50-60 pitches for Louisville, which suggests he’ll likely make at least 2-3 total rehab starts before potentially coming off the disabled list.

Latos initially hoped to return in mid-May, but now early June looks like the best-case scenario. He injured his arm on April 11 while doing a throwing program as part of the rehab for his knee injury, but was previously one of the most durable pitchers in baseball with 31 or more starts in each of the past four seasons (and a 3.27 ERA over that span).

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