Cozart (shoulder) was released by the Giants on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
It appeared all along that the Giants' acquisition of Cozart from the Angels in December, which also netted them prospect Will Wilson, was nothing more than a salary dump by the Angels, and Cozart's release confirms that. With Cozart now 34 years old and coming off two seasons of major injury trouble, he'll likely be looking for a minor-league deal with his next team.
Cozart (shoulder) was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday.
Cozart was picked up in a salary dump from the Angels in December, but the Giants clearly didn't intend to keep him around. It's unlikely he'll be claimed, as he's dealt with multiple injuries in recent years and has hit .190/.261/.296 over the last two seasons combined. Jake Jewell was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.
Cozart (shoulder) was traded from the Angels to the Giants along with along with Will Wilson in exchange for a player to be named later or cash Tuesday.
The trade is a clear salary dump for the Angels, who have been connected to most of the top free agents on the market this winter. Injuries have limited Cozart to just 96 major-league games since he signed with the Angels prior to the 2018 season for three years and $38 million. He's been quite poor in those games, hitting .190/.261/.296, so the Giants will get the Angels' 2019 first-round pick (Wilson) in exchange for taking on his contract. Whether the Giants have any intention of having the 34-year-old compete for a roster spot this spring remains to be seen.
Cozart (shoulder) is ready to begin a hitting progression, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Shoulder injuries have limited Cozart to just 96 games over the last two years combined. He hit just .124/.178/.144 in 38 contests last season before undergoing an arthroscopic debridement procedure in mid-July. He has plenty of time to get ready for the 2020 season, though it's hard to have much confidence in his health heading into his age-34 season following a series of injuries over the last several years.
Cozart (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. He will undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his left shoulder on July 17 with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
This is a minimally invasive procedure to remove tissue in the shoulder joint, but he will still miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Matt Thaiss will work as the Angels' starting third baseman going forward.
Cozart (shoulder) hasn't taken a swing in a month and still has limited range of motion with his left shoulder, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Cozart landed on the injured list in late May after feeling tightness in his shoulder related to the surgery he had to address a torn labrum in June 2017, and he's still having pretty significant issues four weeks later. The 33-year-old is looking at different ways to tweak his swing to circumvent the problem but hasn't had any luck thus far. When asked if the injury could be a career-altering problem, he responded, "It's looking that way," per Ardaya. Cozart will be re-evaluated in the near future and should be considered out indefinitely.
Cozart has been shut down from swinging since he is experiencing tightness in his left shoulder from surgery last June, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Cozart previously dealt with looseness in the shoulder, but he's now battling the opposite issue after last year's surgery to address a torn labrum, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. The 33-year-old hasn't been able to get full extension on his swings, leading to his placement on the injured list May 28. It sounds as though Cozart will attempt to tweak his swing to circumvent the issue.
Cozart will be placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder injury Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The severity of the injury is not yet clear. Cozart posted a .282 OPS in 23 games before landing on the injured list with a neck injury and has a .398 OPS in 15 games since his return. Cesar Puello's contract was purchased in a corresponding move.
Cozart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
The emergence of Tommy La Stella resulted in Cozart falling into a reserve role earlier this month, but he's benefited from shortstop Andrelton Simmons having since sustained a Grade 3 ankle sprain that could sideline him for two months or longer. Cozart drew starts in each of the last three games, but he'll take a seat in the series finale with manager Brad Ausmus going with a double-play tandem of La Stella and recent callup Luis Rengifo.
Cozart is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Cozart will sit for a third straight game as Tommy La Stella draws another start at the hot corner in his stead. There has been no word of any injury, so it seems the Angels are simply turning elsewhere with Cozart hitting just .136/.189/.160 on the season.
Cozart isn't starting Tuesday against the Twins.
Cozart will remain out of the starting lineup for the second straight day, though he did enter Monday night's contest as a defensive replacement. Tommy La Stella is set to start at the hot corner and lead off in Cozart's stead.
Cozart is not starting Monday against the Twins.
Cozart has gone 4-for-17 at the plate since returning from a neck injury. David Fletcher gets the start at third base.
Cozart is not in the lineup for Friday's game at Baltimore.
Cozart came off the injured list Tuesday and started the last three games at third base, going 3-for-12 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double. David Fletcher will man the hot corner and bat ninth Friday for the Angels.
Cozart will start at third base and bat eighth Thursday against the Tigers.
Cozart has hit either eighth or ninth in his three starts since returning from a neck injury that sidelined him for a little over two weeks. The Angels have faced left-handed starting pitchers in each of those contests, so Cozart's low placement in the order seemingly doesn't bode well for his chances of sticking in the lineup versus right-handed pitching. Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher have both outperformed Cozart at the dish this season, which could prompt manager Brad Ausmus to keep both in the starting infield against righties at Cozart's expense.
Cozart (neck) returned from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Cozart had a very poor start to the season prior to landing on the injured list, hitting a miserable .109/.157/.125 in 23 games. Luis Rengifo was optioned in a corresponding move.
Cozart (neck) faced live pitching Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Cozart landed on the injured list with neck stiffness in late April. He'll be eligible to return Sunday, but the team appears to be targeting a return at some point in its upcoming road trip, which runs from May 7-15.
Cozart (neck) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Cozart has been dealing with a neck issue for the past week, and the Angels opted to send him to the injured list after the infielder experienced renewed discomfort Wednesday. Luis Rengifo was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move and is a candidate to see time around the infield in Cozart's absence. The move is retroactive to Wednesday, making Cozart eligible to return May 4, should he prove ready.
Cozart was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Yankees due to neck stiffness, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Cozart was initially slated to start at third base and bat ninth in Wednesday's series finale before experiencing renewed soreness in his neck. Tommy La Stella will enter the lineup in place of Cozart, who should be considered day-to-day.
Cozart (neck) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees. He will start at third and bat ninth.
Cozart left the first game of the series after injuring his neck on a slide, but appeared off the bench as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Tuesday. He should continue to hit near the bottom of the lineup moving forward.
Cozart (neck) entered Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees as a pinch hitter. He grounded out on two pitches in the ninth-inning at-bat to end the game.
Cozart was withheld from the lineup after developing a neck issue in Monday's 14-inning loss, but the Angels' decision to make him available off the bench offers hope that an injured-list stint won't be in play for the 33-year-old. It's unclear if Cozart will be ready to reprise his normal duties at third base Wednesday night or if he'll be limited to a bench role once again.
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