Zack Cozart SS CIN 13 hours ago

Cozart (knee) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants, Jamie Ramsey of the Reds' front office reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart sat out the last two games due to tendinitis in his knee, but he will get back on the field Wednesday. As he regularly does, he will play shortstop and hit leadoff for the Reds. He is still hitting .347 19 games into the season.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 1 day ago

Cozart (knee) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart has been dealing with knee tendinitis, and it appears that manager Bryan Price wants to give the shortstop's knee another day to rest before returning to full action again. He could be available off the bench if needed, but Ivan De Jesus will take his spot at shortstop Tuesday.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 2 days ago

Cozart (knee) has been diagnosed with tendinitis and he's considered day-to-day, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although he is not in the starting lineup, Cozart is believed to be available if needed as manager Bryan Price is simply giving him a day off to rest his legs. Ivan De Jesus will start at short for the Reds on Monday night.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 2 days ago

Cozart (knee) is out of the lineup Monday against Houston.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Reds are yet to issue an update after Cozart departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent right knee injury. Cozart had surgery on the same knee last season, which is certainly a concern, but at this point the severity of the injury is unclear. Cincinnati will go with Ivan De Jesus at shortstop in Cozart's place, and De Jesus will bat second behind lead off man Billy Hamilton.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 days ago

Cozart was removed from Sunday's game against the Pirates in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent right knee injury, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart reached first base on an error during his eighth-inning at-bat, but immediately called to a trainer after reaching base and pointed to his right knee, which he required surgery on last season. We'll have to wait for Cozart to get evaluated before knowing the severity of his ailment, but there's a possibility he could miss time with this injury.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 days ago

Cozart went 1-for-5 with a double and RBI in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Pirates.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While he was responsible for Cincinnati's only run Saturday, Cozart missed a chance for more with the game on the line in the ninth. He struck out looking on just three pitches from Pirates closer Mark Melancon with Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler on base, ending the game. Despite the disappointing late-inning outcome, Cozart is still slashing an outstanding .361/.355/.556 through 72 at-bats in 2016.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 6 days ago

Cozart went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart, a lifetime .249 hitter, raised his average to .397 with his seventh multi-hit game of 2016. The shortstop is the permanent leadoff hitter for the first time in his career, which should lead to more run-scoring opportunities than in previous seasons. Cozart is in a good position to rack up numbers in 2016 that are above his career averages, but owners should temper expectations as his ridiculously hot start is certainly unsustainable.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 1 week ago

Cozart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart hasn't cooled down from his spot at the top of the order, as a three-hit outing Saturday boosted his average back to .400 for the season. He'll be rewarded with a day off for Sunday's matinee affair, allowing center fielder Scott Schebler to claim the leadoff role for a day. Ivan De Jesus will start at shortstop in place of Cozart and bat eighth.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 2 weeks ago

Cozart went 3-for-5 in Saturday's win over the Cubs and is hitting .400/.396/.580 so far this season. While he has only one walk so far, he also has struck out only four times in 50 at-bats. He is out of the lineup Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart is among the league leaders in contact rate at 92.6 percent, in part because even though he doesn't walk much, he also cut down his swings on pitches out of the strike zone, and improved his two-strike approach. "With two strikes, obviously I calm everything down a little more," Cozart said. "I don't have my leg kick that I usually do, as big. It just shortens everything and gets your timing -- you're done quicker so you can see the ball better. I've never really been a strikeout guy in general anyway, but this year it has to do with experience. A lot of the guys I'm facing, I've faced a lot. I have an idea how they're going to pitch me, even with two strikes. Experience helps."

Zack Cozart SS CIN 2 weeks ago

Cozart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, according to MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cozart owns a robust .432 batting average on the season and has still gotten at least one hit in every game he has played in this season, but he went just 2-for-8 over his last two games, so manager Dusty Baker decided to give him a day off. Ivan De Jesus will start at shortstop in Cozart's place, and Billy Hamilton will replace him atop the order.