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Zack Cozart has a slightly strained oblique

Sep 8, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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From Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer comes word that Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was diagnosed on Saturday afternoon with a “slight oblique strain” and has already been ruled out of the team’s entire weekend series with the Astros.

Cozart’s injury should be healed by early next week, but the Reds currently boast an 8 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central standings and will probably play it as safe as possible with their rookie shortstop.

Cozart, 27, has posted a .243/.285/.402 batting line with 15 home runs, 32 doubles and 32 RBI in 127 games played this season. Wilson Valdez is filling in at shortstop on Saturday night against Houston.

  1. metalhead65 - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    get well soon zach the reds can’t to much more of valdez and his sub .200 batting average and weak defense.

  2. footballchic777 - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hope Cozart heals quickly, Valdez is NO Cozart. Picked up a game tonight on the Cards and Pirates, and we want him back totally healed for a run at becoming the champs, but man, is he missed!

  3. contraryguy - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Even as a Reds fan, this item feels like a ‘slow news day’ kinda thing, except for two things: the Reds don’t have a great replacement in hand (as noted, Valdez scares us, and Didi Gregorius was in double-A two weeks ago, which means Dusty won’t favor him), and the Reds are fighting for home-field advantage in the playoffs. After that 2010 road sweep by the Phils, getting home field advantage is critical for this young club to have a better chance in postseason. Cozart’s the guy at the top of the lineup for most of the season, he will need to be back for this team to be its best.

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