Mat Latos leaves with back spasms

Updated: July 11, 2014, 11:56 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Mat Latos left after five innings Friday night -- his shortest outing of the season -- because of spasms in his lower back, yet another injury to the depleted Reds.

Latos ran hard to first to try to beat out a bunt in the second inning. His back started acting up when he went back to the mound. 

"When I was bending over to get the sign for the first batter in the third inning, all of a sudden it felt like one of the middle infielders came up and stabbed me in the back," Latos said. "It calmed down a little bit for two more innings."

Latos was sidelined until June 24 by torn knee cartilage and a strained pitching forearm.

The Reds, who pulled out a 6-5 win over the Pirates on Friday, have been hit hard by injuries in the past week.

First baseman Joey Votto is on the DL indefinitely with a thigh injury. Second baseman Brandon Phillips tore a ligament in his left thumb and had surgery on Friday. Skip Schumaker was expected to help fill in at second base, but he went on the 7-day concussion list.

Starter Homer Bailey slightly strained his right knee on Thursday, but is expected to make his next turn. Now, it's Latos who is a question.

Billy Hamilton had a sore hamstring on Thursday and was relegated to pinch-hitting during a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs. He was back in the lineup on Friday and produced a run right away.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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