Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.

This was inevitable, with Cozart ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a major knee injury last week. Right-hander Donovan Hand was brought up in a corresponding move. Cozart is facing a nine-month recovery process and thus may not be a full go at the start of spring training.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart is expected to undergo surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee. He was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.

It's devastating news for the Reds and Cozart, who appeared primed for a career year after an outstanding first two months of the season. Cozart's rehab timetable has been estimated at about nine months, meaning there's a chance this injury could affect his availability for the start of next season. Eugenio Suarez was recalled from Triple-A and figures to take on a significant role at shortstop for Cincinnati.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart (knee) said after Wednesday's game that he anticipates landing on the DL, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds sent Cozart for an MRI after he suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury while running through the first base bag. Though the results of the exam have not yet been returned, it didn't look good, and Cozart seems resigned to needing a DL stint. Ivan De Jesus replaced Cozart in Wednesday's game but Eugenio Suarez could be an option to come up and play shortstop.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart left Wednesday's game in the first inning, appearing to injure his knee while running out a ground ball.

Cozart left the game immediately and couldn't put any weight on his right leg. Kris Negron moved from center field to shortstop, with Brennan Boesch entering the game as a result of the injury.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart hit his eighth homer as part of a 3-for-4 game Tuesday against Philadelphia.

Cozart scored twice and knocked in two runs. He is just one short of Wilmer Flores and Jhonny Peralta among shortstops in home runs after hitting two in the past three games. Cozart had double digit home run seasons in 2012 and 2013, and it looks like that kind of power has returned to his bat in 2015.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored Tuesday.

Cozart is heating up at the plate with six hits and four RBI in his last 16 at-bats. He has not hit a home run since May 15, but two doubles in his last three games could be a sign of more power to come.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Cozart will receive a routine day off after starting nine straight for the Reds, giving way to Kristopher Negron at shortstop. The 29-year-old Cozart is in the midst of a six-game stretch where he's only collected one base hit, and has watched his batting average dip nearly 30 points over that span. A day to clear his head was likely overdue.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 4 months ago

Cozart will bat leadoff Saturday against the Giants.

Cozart's just 1-for-11 in his career against Saturday's starter Ryan Vogelsong, but he's batting .319/.363/.558 this season and manager Bryan Price has decided he's worthy of a spot start atop the order with Billy Hamilton on the bench. After launching his sixth homer of the year Friday, Cozart's ISO now sits at .239. He posted a .079 mark in 2014.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 4 months ago

Cozart (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

A sore left wrist kept Cozart out of the lineup for the first two games of the series, but the 29-year-old will return to shortstop and the two-hole in the order to face lefty Eric Stults in the finale. Cozart is batting .320/.366/.544 in 113 plate appearances this season, but his numbers have been buoyed by a .341 BABIP (.280 for career) and 16.7% HR/FB rate (7.3% for career).

Zack Cozart SS CIN 4 months ago

Cozart (wrist) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Braves, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.

Cozart was scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore wrist, and will be held out once again due to the ailment. Kristopher Negron will once again man the shortstop position for the evening contest.