The Cincinnati Reds are hoping to get a boost from Mat Latos' season debut - as long as it doesn't mirror his struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers from 2013.
Latos makes his long-awaited return from injury Saturday night at Milwaukee.
The Reds (32-34) haven't had the best of luck in terms of injuries this year, with Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco all requiring disabled list stints. They received another scare when Brandon Phillips left in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Dodgers with an injury to his right index finger. However, X-rays were negative and he drove in a run in Cincinnati's 6-5 series-opening victory Friday.
Latos, whose 55-40 record marks the seventh-best winning percentage among active NL pitchers with at least 100 starts, should provide a lift. The right-hander was 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 32 starts in 2013 before undergoing elbow and knee surgeries prior to this season.
He was 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five minor league outings.
"He brings a...