Right-hander Mat Latos threw a pitch and pulled up awkwardly. Just like that, the Cincinnati Reds had another pitching concern.
Latos strained his left calf while throwing a pitch during the fifth inning of a 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, forcing him from the game. He was listed as day to day.
The Reds' No. 2 starter got hurt three days after they learned that closer Ryan Madson needs reconstructive elbow surgery, ending his season.
''It's better than (hurting) his knee,'' manager Dusty Baker said. ''The ground is hard. He kept hitting a hole out there. You could tell when he walked the pitcher that something's not right. He wanted to finish, but we said now's not the time. We have too many guys going down. We thought caution was the best.''
Latos walked opposing pitcher Matt Garza, who was trying to bunt a runner to second. Latos then left in the middle of an at-bat by Alfonso Soriano.
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