After an awful knee injury ended his breakout 2015 campaign prematurely, Zack Cozart picked up right where he left off to start 2016. Through his first 50 games, the 31-year-old slashed .303/.332/.532 to go with nine home runs, 32 runs, and 25 RBI atop the Reds' batting order. His production tapered off after that hot start, however, as he batted just .217 over the rest of the season (including a putrid .163/.293/.235 slash line at home). The shortstop's injury issues also crept back into the picture, as he missed time due to thumb and quadriceps ailments while also missing much of September with a knee problem. Cozart has some life in his bat, but it's tough to expect consistent production across an entire season as we simply haven't seen it. The Reds have been looking for a trade partner but so far have had no luck.
Cozart (wrist) will start at shortstop and bat seventh in the order Monday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Cozart was scratched from the lineup ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Cubs with a sore left wrist, but it appears his removal was mostly precautionary. After completing batting practice without any apparent issues Monday, Cozart should be good to go for the Reds' six-game slate this week. The veteran shortstop is off to a tremendous start to the campaign, batting .370 with eight extra-base hits and nine RBI.
Cozart was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Cubs with a sore left wrist, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The diagnosis of a sore wrist doesn't sound overly concerning, but we'll have to wait to hopefully hear more from the Reds following Sunday's contest. Jose Peraza will take over at shortstop, with Scooter Gennett shifting to second base and Patrick Kivlehan taking over in left field. Cozart will be considered day-to-day for now.
Cozart went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, two runs and an RBI during Saturday's win over Milwaukee. Don't look now, but Cozart has registered a hit in all 10 games that he's played this season with five runs, six extra-base hits, seven RBI and a stolen base. While he's obviously not going to maintain anything resembling his current .485/.538/.818 slash line, this could be the beginning of a career year for the shortstop.
Cozart (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. A sore wrist cost Cozart two games, but he has been cleared to return Wednesday against right-hander Ivan Nova. Cozart remains stuck in the seven-hole in the Cincinnati lineup, but if he picks up where he left off before the injury (9-for-20), he could find himself moving up in short order.
Cozart (wrist) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates. Cozart got off to another good start at the plate, but after being scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore wrist, he'll get another day off to rest and heal his ailment. Jose Peraza will slide over to shortstop to fill the void once again, with Scooter Gennett taking over at the keystone.
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