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Mat Latos sneezes his way onto the DL

Andy Behrens
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The San Diego Padres are about to place Mat Latos(notes) on the 15-day disabled list due to complications resulting from a failed sneeze.

Seriously. He strained his left side, sneezing. Or not sneezing. At least that's the official story.

Here are the details, via MLB.com:

Latos said he suffered the injury attempting to hold back a sneeze on Friday in Colorado, a day after he improved to 10-4 and lowered his ERA 2.45 with a victory in Washington.

"I held my sneeze walking down the [dugout] steps and felt a little pull," Latos said just before a workout at PETCO Park in advance of Friday's game against Arizona, the first game of the second half of the regular season.

Conveniently enough, this particular DL visit happens to coincide with a scheduled period of rest for the 22-year-old Latos. He's already pitched 106.2 innings for the first-place Padres, which puts him on pace for 195. The team would reportedly like to limit his innings to the 150-180 range.

Baseball historians (and sneeze historians) will note that this injury is not unique. In 2004, Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa sprained his lower back while sneezing, and the injury kept him sidelined for a month. Hopefully Latos can return a bit quicker. He's pitched brilliantly this year (2.45 ERA, 0.97 WHIP), and he's allowed just one run over his last four starts. Latos is eligible to come off the DL on July 24, during a series at Pittsburgh.

Gesundheit, Mat. Get well. Be strong. You might want to stay away from the Chicken, because giant birds are filthy. They'll irritate your nasal passages, kid.

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