Zack Cozart
SS CIN
4 weeks ago

Cozart (knee) made his spring training debut Wednesday and homered while going 1-for-3.

EDGE Analysis

The Reds are hoping that Cozart can demonstrate he can stay healthy over an extended time period so that they can find a trade suitor. Meanwhile, they have to decide whether he's going to bat second or farther down in the lineup.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
1 month ago

Cozart was a healthy scratch from Tuesday's spring training game against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Cozart was set to make his spring training debut, but the rains that hit the Phoenix area prior to the game might have encouraged the Reds to remain cautious with him. The Reds reported this as a healthy scratch and not a setback with his knee.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
1 month ago

Cozart (knee) won't be in the lineup Friday when the Reds begin spring training games. Instead, he'll likely start Monday or Tuesday next week. This isn't because there are problems with his knee, however. "He's fine. He could play tomorrow," manager Bryan Price said on Thursday. "They want to do some baserunning stuff with him to make sure his legs are conditioned coming off the DL at the end of the year. There's no reason he couldn't play. But why rush it with the length of Spring Training?"

EDGE Analysis

Cozart confirmed that his knee is fine and that he's just working on getting his timing back. "There are no issues with me, we're just going to take it slow these first couple of games," Cozart said. "It was weird yesterday, we were doing that 27 outs [drill] and hitting and running out of the box, and having some game action on the field. It's just a whole different thing on your body. I'm ready for it. I told Bryan, physically, I feel great. I'm ready. We play a lot of games. I don't need to play 30 games or whatever we've got. I'll get my timing down."

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
1 month ago

Cozart (knee) said his knee is 100 percent and added he won't need to wear a brace in 2017, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is apparently the first time his knee is at 100 percent since injuring it in 2015, so this could be big news for Cozart, who is coming off one of the better seasons of his career before being shut down in September. The 31-year-old hit a career-high 16 homers last season while posting a .733 OPS, and he'll look to build on those numbers as the regular shortstop for the Reds in 2017.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
2 months ago

Cozart avoided arbitration with the Reds, agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million deal.

EDGE Analysis

The Reds have dangled Cozart's name in trade talks this offseason but haven't made any tangible progress. They still need to find a way to make room for both Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera to play, but both Cozart and Brandon Phillips remain ahead of them respectively.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
5 months ago

Cozart (knee) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Cozart missed most of the month of September with a knee problem, but with the season now complete and a few 40-man roster spots open, the Reds opted to activate the 31-year-old. He'll likely be in line to start at shortstop in 2017 once his knee heals over the offseason, although it remains to be seen if that will be in Cincinnati or with some other team.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
6 months ago

The Reds transferred Cozart (knee) to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Cozart had an outside shot to play before the regular season ended, but his move to the 60-day DL means he will not play again until 2017. He hit a career-high 16 home runs this season and posted a .733 OPS, so he figures to head into next year as a regular shortstop. Whether that is for the Reds remains to be seen, however, as he could bring prospects on the trade market to a Cincinnati team that may be looking at another rebuilding season.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
6 months ago

The Reds placed Cozart (knee) on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to Sept. 16.

EDGE Analysis

Cozart's placement on the disabled list all but ensures he will not return this season, as he is now only eligible to play in the Reds' final two games this weekend. He will be a trade candidate this offseason after posting a .733 OPS and hitting a career-high 16 home runs in 2016. With Cozart on the disabled list, Jose Peraza is set to finish out the season as the Reds' primary shortstop.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
6 months ago

Cozart (knee) now seems highly unlikely to return this season, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's no reason for the Reds to risk re-injury to bring him back for meaningless September games. If he's on the trade block as expected this offseason, showcasing him at anything less than 100 percent won't help their trade chances.

Zack Cozart
SS CIN
6 months ago

Cozart (knee) is not with the team in Chicago, but has not been ruled out for the season, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cozart is spending some time back in Cincinnati rehabbing his injured knee, but his situation is being compared to that of Billy Hamilton (oblique): shut down for the time being, but not completely ruled out for the year. It's unclear what the exact timetable for Cozart's return is, but that may become clearer as he moves along in his rehab process.