Monday, March 28, 2011

Mat Latos to start season on DL

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed that pitcher Mat Latos will start the season on the disabled list.

He’s turned a corner on this thing,” manager Bud Black said Monday, per Don Norcross of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Our medical staff feels good about where this is.”

Latos, who last pitched on March 21st and experienced shoulder pain two days later, will go on the DL retroactive to March 22nd, which means he will be eligible to return as early as April 6th.

Per Norcross, Latos said that his shoulder has felt good the past two days and he'll throw tomorrow.

Last year, Latos finished with a 14-10 record and an ERA of 2.92 and 189 strikeouts. However, he lost his last five starts and allowed 20 earned runs in 22 innings during that span.

Previously, the Padres announced that Tim Stauffer would start Opening Day against the Cardinals on Thursday.

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