Sunday August 30, 2009
San Diego Padres top prospect Mat Latos gets the start in Land Shark Stadium today against the Florida Marlins.
From what we have been hearing from Padres brass, this should be the last time we get to see Latos take the mound this season.
Latos had just 56 innings pitched in 2008 and the Padres GM Kevin Towers has said on several occasions that Latos would be limited to about 110-120 innings on the season. Young pitchers are much more prone to injury when they more than double the innings they pitched the previous season.
While I don't think it matters much to the Padres organization, many fans are hoping that Latos is limited to just 5 1/3 innings today in order for him to still be eligible for Rookie of the Year voting in 2010.
They may be out of luck, as through 3 today Latos is doing quite well and has throw only 43 pitches.
On a side note:
Adrian Gonzalez gets his second game off at 1st base with what the team described as a strained right bicep. We can only hope that the injury is not serious.
Oscar Salazar gets the start at 1B again today after going 3 for 4 last night.