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Zack Cozart cleared for baseball activities following Tommy John surgery

Dec 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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Zack Cozart was in attendance at Redsfest yesterday and confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he was cleared to resume full baseball activities beginning Monday. Cozart suffered a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) elbow in mid-July and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in August.

“It’s been rehab for three months ever since the season ended,” Cozart said. “Every day, just elbow, elbow, elbow. Finally I get to do baseball — swinging, fielding, throwing. I’m basically full go. It’s a process.”

The injury occurred at an unfortunate time for Cozart, who took over the starting shortstop job from the underwhelming combo of Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria in early-July and batted .324 (12-for-37) with two homers and three RBI over his first 11 major league games. The good news is that the 26-year-old is expected to be 100 percent in time for spring training.

While Cozart is projected to be the starting shortstop next season, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said today that he is in the process of looking for a quality backup. Sheldon hears that the club was interested in utility man Ramon Santiago before he re-signed with the Tigers earlier this week.

  1. 2r2d - Dec 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I hope Cozart has a great 2012 for the Reds

  2. metalhead65 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    a quality backup? in Walt terms this means getting the cheapest available ex-card for dusty to start ahead of cozart. as a reds fan I want to win but I want to see what the reds prospects like cozart can do not what other teams rejects have left! janish can be the light hitting batting 8th back up where he belongs not in the 2 hole where dusty had him. if that is not a option for them then use frazier or vahlikia. and trust me they will say cozart is the starter but the first 2 games he does a 0-fer he will be replaced by whatever washed up has been they sign.

  3. firemarshal1 - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Cozart should be a major improvement over Renteria and Janish. He’ll hit better than their weight combined.

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