By Matt Snyder
Mat Latos was in line to be the Padres' opening day starter, but that may be in doubt now. Friday, manager Bud Black told reporters that Latos will not make his scheduled start Saturday, an outing that was supposed to be his last tuneup before the regular season. The right-hander has a sore throwing shoulder.
"He's a little sore ... it just sort of popped up," Black said. (MLB.com )
"It's weird. Bewildered is more of a word," Latos said on the injury sneaking up on him. (MLB.com via Twitter )
Latos, 23, was the best pitcher for the Padres last season. He went 14-10 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He was dominant in stretches, racking up 189 strikeouts in 184 2/3 innings. Of course, he only threw 122 innings between the minors and majors in 2009, so the increased workload was a concern. Many will point to the shoulder soreness and immediately correlate the two, but that's premature at this point.
UPDATE: Latos is headed to the disabled list with bursitis, reports Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus (via Twitter ).
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