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Zack Cozart diagnosed with hyperextended left elbow

Jul 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of reports that Cozart was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow and that X-rays came back negative. It’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the lineup, but it sounds like the Reds may have dodged a bullet here.

5:45 PM: Here’s some potentially bad news for the Reds as they attempt to hang around in the National League Central.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart left today’s game against the Braves with an apparent injury to his left arm following an awkward collision with Nate McLouth at second base in the fourth inning. No word on the severity of the injury yet, but Buster Olney of likened the play to how Albert Pujols injured his arm last month.

Cozart, 25, has been a breath of fresh air since supplanting Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria at shortstop earlier this month, batting .324 with two homers, three RBI and an .811 OPS over his first 37 major-league at-bats.

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    well if the season was not over before you can stick a fork in now. that means the reds get send out renteria to suck everyday but at least dusty will be happy. cozart may not be the reason they lose out but at least he gave fans something to watch and hope for the future. you can only wonder what would have happened had they called him up in may instead of wasting time on renteria/janish.

  2. saintez - Jul 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    He’s a youngin’! He’ll be back again in the lineup soon. Not since Larkin has there been such a great shortstop to watch for the Reds!

  3. GIBoxer5 - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    It finally happened.. For the love of god, someone PLEASE teach Votto how to throw a ball!! He almost took Willis out a few games ago with another worthless throw. Watching Votto in the field is eerily similar to watching Dunn out there. The guy’s a great batter but leaves much to be desired in the field. A halfway decent throw keeps this article from ever being written. That being said, hopefully Cozart will bounce back quickly. He’s proving to be a heck of a ball player.

    • cintiphil - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      If Votto was that bad in the field, he would have never been voted the MVP in the league. Get serious, Joey is a very good although not great fielder. I think even a guy like Keith Hernandez could have made a throw like that, and probably did in his career.

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