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2 Zack Cozart SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 8/12/1985 | Birthplace: Memphis, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: Mississippi | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $527,500 | Owned/Started%: 18/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Reds SS Zack Cozart out nine months due to knee injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) The Reds announced on Thursday that shortstop Zack Cozart sustained torn ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee.

Cozart is expected to have surgery on Monday and will be undergo rehab for nine months. This effectively ends his season. Cozart, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, injured his knee Wednesday night against the Phillies and left the game. 

Reds manger Bryan Price previously said a disabled list trip was likely but the worst-case scenario appears to have taken place. 

Cozart's season will end with him hitting .258/.310/.459.


Reds manager Bryan Price expects a DL stint for Zack Cozart


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who left Wednesday's game with a knee injury, underwent an MRI. Manager Bryan Price says he hasn't gotten the results yet, but he is anticipating a possible trip to the disabled list for Cozart, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

"It's safe to say he'll be going on the DL," Price said. "It's heartbreaking is what it is, to see him come off the field like that. Certainly, you don't want to see that at any time, but he was having a phenomenal year."

Cozart had homered in three of his previous four games entering play Wednesday.


Reds SS Zack Cozart exits Wednesday's game in first inning


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was forced to exit Wednesday's game against the Phillies in the bottom of the first inning. Cozart left with an apparent leg injury after stepping on first base awkwardly while trying to beat out a groundball. 

Cozart had to be helped off the field by the training staff. Kris Negron was moved from center field to shortstop, with Brennan Boesch entering the game in center. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart goes yard for second straight game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hit his ninth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 11-2 win over the Phillies. 

Cozart went 1 for 5, with the homer being a three-run rocket in the first inning. 

For Cozart, it was the second consecutive game and the third out of his past four in which he notched a home run. Cozart is now hitting .259/.311/.461 this season. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart hits eighth HR of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart totaled two RBI in Monday evening's 6-4 win over the Phillies.

Cozart first hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning that scored Todd Frazier. He came back in the eighth inning and hit a solo home run to left field. He finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored. 

For Cozart, this is the second time in his past three games that he's hit a home run. He now has eight for the season.

Cozart is slashing .261/.314/.452.


Reds SS Zack Cozart belts seventh home run in loss Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went deep for the first time in about three weeks in Saturday's loss to the Padres. Cozart launched a solo shot off Andrew Cashner in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-0 lead.

It was Cozart's seventh bomb of the year, and his only hit of the 9-7 loss on Saturday.


SS Zack Cozart's double helps Reds rally to win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Shortstop Zack Cozart's lone hit of the day was a big one, as his eighth-inning double proved to be the difference as the Reds rallied to beat the Nationals 8-5 on Saturday. 

Sitting on an 0-for-3 day, Cozart connected with two outs, driving a ball deep to center to help erase a 5-4 defict and spark a four-run eighth that propeled the Reds to their first back-to-back wins since May 12-14. 

Cozart now has 21 RBIs on the year and is hitting .271.


Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.

Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).

The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.


Reds reconfigure lineup in hopes of breaking losing skid


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Reds have adjusted their starting lineup on Tuesday, trying to break out of a nine-game losing streak. Shortstop Zack Cozart will bat leadoff for just the fifth time this season while first baseman Joey Votto will bat second for the second straight day after batting third for the majority of the season. 

Cozart is hitting .218 with 28 doubles in 459 at-bats from the lead off position. Votto is hitting .301 with 31 RBI in 186 at-bats from the two position in the lineup.


Kris Negron replaces Zack Cozart in Reds' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is out of the lineup on Sunday, after nine straight starts at the position.

Cozart is replaced by Kris Negron, who gets his sixth start of the year at short. Negron will bat ninth in the order. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart lowered to seventh in Saturday order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has certainly played a role in his team's recent struggles at the plate. His role has changed for the Saturday game in Cleveland, where he will be bat seventh.

Cozart assumed that spot three times this year. He began the season batting eighth, but was moved up due to a strong start. His current 1-for-20 slide has his average down to .278, its lowest point in six weeks.


Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds stick with Zack Cozart leading off, Billy Hamilton eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants but not leading off for the first time this season.

Hamilton, who was not in the lineup Saturday, has started 33 of the team's 37 games and led off in every one, but he'll bat ahead of the pitcher Sunday. He's hit .212/.264/.336 with three home runs, six RBI, 22 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 137 at-bats.

Shortstop Zack Cozart drew his first start in the leadoff role Saturday after three games as the No. 2 hitter, and though he went 0 for 3, he did draw two walks in his team's loss to the Giants. He has hit .310/.364/.543 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored and three stolen bases in 116 at-bats.

The Reds are favorites (-112) against the Giants at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds shortstop Zack Cozart impressing coaches early on


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been on a tear this season. The 29-year-old .319 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 113 at-bats to start the year, something that has caught manager Bryan Price's eye, according to Cincinnati.com.

"He's been great," Price said. "I've said it a lot this year because he had such a tough year last year, and got off to such a slow start and really had to find his way. I've never seen him look like this."

Cozart has battled through wrist and finger injuries to start the year as well.

"Towards the end of 2013 he was starting to hit the ball really well to right field, then he struggled with that last year," Price said. "He's back at it. Not just base hits in front of the right fielder, but gap shots to right center and really driving the ball."

Cozart credits his hot start to being more aggressive.

"Not going up there looking to take a lot of pitches and fall behind in the count," Cozart said. "Last year I felt like I got 0-1 and 0-2 a lot without even swinging the bat. This year I'm on the attack. I'm actually seeing a lot better pitches to hit, for that reason.


Reds SS Zack Cozart batting leadoff Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has not batted leadoff this season - until Saturday. He has been placed in that spot against San Francisco in the absence of Billy Hamilton.

Cozart began the year in the eighth spot and has since generally batted second. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 starts to sweeten his slash line to a fine .319./.363/.558.


Reds SS Zack Cozart returns to lineup on Wednesday vs. Braves


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Reds shorstop Zack Cozart is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Braves. Cozart was scratched on Monday with soreness in his wrist. Cozart missed a few games earlier this month with a wrist injury, but he appears to be ready to go and is batting second on Wednesday.

Kris Negron will slide over to second base with Brandon Phillips unable to go due to a toe injury. 


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (wrist) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Cozart was scratched Monday due to wrist soreness and replaced by Kris Negron, who is at shortstop Tuesday and batting seventh. Manager Bryan Price does not believe Cozart will require a stint on the disabled list.

"Not at this point in time," Price said, per MLB.com. "We haven't gotten that type of feedback from Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He could be in there [Wednesday]. That's where we are. He's been getting some treatment. I was certainly hoping there would be more improvement from yesterday to today, and there wasn't. We'll make sure we check all avenues to make sure there isn't something more significant."

Mesoraco has been limited to pinch-hit duty by a hip injury for most of the season.

The Reds are favorites (-145) against the Braves Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds scratch SS Zack Cozart from Monday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was pulled from Monday's game against the Braves just before game time, reports MLB.com.

Cozart was scratched from the lineup due to a sore left wrist. Infielder Kris Negron will start in place of Cozart at shortstop and bat seventh.


Zack Cozart returns to Reds' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart returns to the starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. 

Cozart had missed the last the last three games due to a finger injury after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. He was supposed to return on Friday night, but the game was postponed due to rain. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) returns to starting lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the White Sox. Cozart had missed the last the last three games due to a finger injury after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. Cozart had been rolling along before the injury, going 10 for his last 38, including a home run, a double and a triple in that stretch. 

Kris Negron, who had been handling shortstop duties while Cozart was out, is playing first base on Friday for the suspended Joey Votto. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart, C Devin Mesoraco both out Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Two key Reds players remain out of the lineup for the Thursday game in Pittsburgh. Both shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are sidelined.

Cozart was removed from the Sunday game and has yet to return. He was able to take batting practice Thursday and made 40 throws Wednesday, reports MLB.com.

"There is still inflammation in there right now, but it just feels way better. I swung, took soft toss, and did my normal routine and it felt really good," Cozart said. "Swinging was obviously my biggest concern and [Thursday] was a good day, so far at least."

Manager Bryan Price did not rule out Cozart playing in Friday's game, reports MLB.com.

"I think it's more realistic to look and see where he is [Friday] as far as a potential start," Price said.

Mesoraco has played sparingly since April 11 and is considering surgery, which would take him away from the Reds for about a month.


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) not able to start Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart remained out of the starting lineup on Wednesday. Cozart also missed Tuesday's game due to a finger injury sustained on Sunday. Kris Negron started at shortstop for the second straight game. 

"It's better than it was [Tuesday], way better," Cozart said. "I took one of our machines home and iced like six times last night and this morning with compression. So, it's getting better. I would think I would be back sooner than later."


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Cozart sustained a finger injury while misplaying a groundball Sunday. It's the first time this season that the Reds haven't used him at shortstop to start the game. Kris Negron, who replaced Cozart Sunday, will bat seventh and play the position. Manager Bryan Price did say that Cozart is available to play Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mesoraco hasn't been in the starting lineup since the fifth game of the season but could see some starts later this week at designated hitter when the Reds play in an American League park.

The Reds are underdogs (+135) in Pittsburgh Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) leaves Sunday's game, X-rays negative


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game in Atlanta with an injured finger on his right hand but X-rays were negative, the team has announced. 

Cozart injured the finger while misplaying a ground ball and committing an error.

Kris Negron replaced Cozart at shortstop, his first appearance at that position this season. 

Cozart has started every game for the Reds this season at shortstop.


Zack Cozart's three-hit game leads Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 3 for 5 and scored twice in Saturday's win over Atlanta. 

Cozart hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to cap the Reds' scoring for the day, giving him five home runs and 12 RBI this season. He scored twice and improved his average to .308.