When then-Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker decided to rest starting pitcher Mat Latos instead of using the right-hander for the N.L. Wild Card game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was worried about Latos’ elbow soreness due to bone spurs. It turns out that the worry was justified. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Latos underwent surgery to remove the bone spurs on October 11. The surgery became known publicly on October 16.
Sheldon describes the procedure as arthroscopic, and he says that the Reds expect Latos “to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training” in February.
Latos has bone chips removed from right elbow http://t.co/321ubNL1vY #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) October 16, 2013
According to Sheldon, Latos first reported soreness with approximately a week left in the regular season. He would have started the Wild Card game if not for the problem.
WebMD.com defines a bone spur as “a bony growth formed on normal bone.” The site also provides a little further expla...