03/24/2013 7:20 PM ET
Latos glad ankle injury isn't too serious
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos wore a wrap on his left ankle Sunday morning after he received some treatment.
Latos knew he was fortunate after he was struck by a hard one-hopper back to the mound from the bat of Rangers catcher Geovany Soto in the sixth inning on Saturday.
"It doesn't hurt too bad today, but it did yesterday," Latos said. "I can walk on it. I don't have to use crutches."
After he exited the game, Latos went to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative for a fracture.
Upon being struck by the ball, Latos said his ankle immediately went numb. He limped around the mound for a few moments because he expected to keep pitching, but was pulled anyway by manager Dusty Baker since he was at the pitch-count limit for the day.
"It didn't really bother me until I got here [at the complex]," Latos said. "It was black and blue ... It hit me square on the ankle. Right on the bone. If it had been two inches above or below, it would probably have been a lot better. We'll survive."
Latos' final spring start is scheduled for Thursday.
"I better be able to make my next start. I'm not one to sit out," said Latos, who has a 3.78 ERA through four Cactus League starts. "I asked the lady who took the X-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It's just sore. We're taking it day by day and we'll see how it goes."
X-rays on Arroyo's hand come back negative
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was laughing and smiling after his start on Sunday afternoon, knowing things could have been much worse. Arroyo was drilled on the right hand on a comebacker by David Murphy in the sixth inning vs. the Rangers.
X-rays taken at the Rangers team facility were negative for any broken bones.
"I thought this knuckle had exploded," said Arroyo, pointing to the outside of his right hand. "But none of it is broke.
"Luckily my hand was kind of relaxed and my fingers weren't up. It just hit so hard. I thought for sure this knuckle was shattered."
It was the second-straight day that a Reds pitcher was injured on a shot back to the mound by a Rangers hitter. On Saturday, Mat Latos was struck in the left ankle by a Geovany Soto one-hopper. Like Arroyo, X-rays were negative.
When Arroyo was hit and in visible pain, Reds manager Dusty Baker took his hat off in disgust and nearly threw it.
"I could hear it. The first thing you have are bad visions and stuff," Baker said. "You just hate that this happened late in spring, or ever."
Reliever Jose Arredondo replaced Arroyo out of the bullpen.
Arroyo pitched 5 1/3 innings with three earned runs and nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts. He allowed one home run. He has a 3.71 ERA through five starts this spring.
"He hit it right on the screws," Arroyo said of Murphy. "My hand was just dangling down and it just squared me up and then ricocheted off of my left forearm and left a mark over there. I knew the game was over for me for the day. If it was the regular season, maybe it'd be a different story. I needed to come get some treatment."
Arroyo, who has pitched 542 games in the Majors and Minors without ever going on the disabled list in his career, expected to make his final spring start on Friday vs. the D-backs.
"I'll pitch," Arroyo said. "I have some work to do. It's going to be a few more hours in the training room, contrasting it and taking a few more drugs."
Ludwick, Cozart get in extra work in Minors game
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who has struggled at the plate most of spring, was not in the lineup vs. the Rangers on Sunday. Instead, Ludwick was back at the Reds' complex getting extra at-bats in Minor League games.
Shortstop Zack Cozart and third baseman Jack Hannahan were also with Ludwick at Minor League camp.
"They'll probably get seven or eight at-bats," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday. "[Ryan] Hanigan has already been there. It's whoever I think needs extra at-bats."
Ludwick is batting .178 (8-for-45) in 17 games this spring, while Cozart is batting .289 (13-for-45) in 19 games and Hannahan is batting .229 (8-for-35) in 19 games.
Donald continues to sit with sore right knee
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reds utility infielder Jason Donald, who is competing for one of the final bench spots, has been out for a couple of days with a sore right knee.
"He had a collision at second base when the guy slid into him [on Friday]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday morning.
Donald, who is out of Minor League options, is competing with Cesar Izturis and Emmanuel Burriss for the utility spot. Donald is batting .303 (10-for-33) in 21 games this spring.
• Pitching in a Minor League game for Triple-A Louisville, Reds reliever Sam LeCure worked one scoreless inning with two strikeouts.