Latos called up from Double-A

Updated: July 18, 2009, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres called up top pitching prospect Mat Latos from Double-A San Antonio to make his major league debut Sunday.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander will start against the Colorado Rockies as he attempts to plug a hole in San Diego's depleted starting pitching corp.

"I was nervous, a lot of nerves," he said about being told of his promotion. "Just kind of disbelief, excitement."

Latos, an 11th-round draft pick in 2006, combined to go 8-1 with a 1.38 ERA this season at San Antonio and Single-A Fort Wayne in 13 games, including 11 starts.

"I thought San Antonio would be my ceiling for the year," said Latos, who was 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA in nine starts for the Missions.

Only one starting pitcher from the Padres' opening day rotation is still throwing with three others on the DL, including their top two -- ace Jake Peavy and Chris Young -- and one other having been released.

To make room for Latos, San Diego designated right-handed pitcher Josh Banks for assignment.


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