Reds RH Mat Latos leaves after making bad step



GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reds starter Mat Latos left the game in mid-inning after appearing to make a bad step on a pitch, giving Cincinnati another pitching scare.

Latos left in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday after apparently hurting himself on a pitch. A trainer and manager Dusty Baker went to the mound to talk to him. Latos then walked off the field.

The Reds acquired Latos in a trade with San Diego in the offseason, giving themselves another dependable starter. The right-hander has pitched well during spring training. He gave up four hits and three runs — two earned — in 4 2-3 innings on Tuesday, leaving his earned run average at 2.41.

The setback comes three days after the Reds lost closer Ryan Madson to an elbow injury.