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Zack Cozart hit on finger during bunt attempt

Apr 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

Zack Cozart AP

After Shin-Soo Choo doubled to lead off the bottom of the 13th in this afternoon’s game against the Miami Marlins, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart attempted to sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to third with one out. Steve Cishek‘s sinker, which runs in on right-handed hitters, nailed Cozart on his finger. The 27-year-old was clearly in a lot of pain and had to be removed from the game. Cesar Izturis replaced him and eventually moved Choo to third base on a fly ball to center field.

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that x-rays turned up negative for Cozart, which should allow the Reds to exhale in relief. Though Cozart entered the game hitting .246 and lowered it with an 0-for-6 effort today, he had logged multi-hit games in three of his previous four games and was playing well defensively.

  1. blacksables - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I can’t believe in today’s game that the shortstop can get injured because he has to bat. This is insane. He is obviously in their to play defense, and not to swing the bat. Watching a shortstop have to swing the bat and run the bases is a travesty. This is obviously Bud’s fault for forcing a shortstop to have to come to the plate, when he’s getting all of that money to only play defense.

    Why would we possibly want to see a shortstop swing the bat? I want to see him go deep in the hole to field a ball. I want to see him be the relay man on throws from the outfield. I want to see him perform the ‘neighborhood play’ at second base. I’m not interested in seeing him swing the bat. I want to see him play defense.

    It’s really sad that the game can’t catch up with the times.

    • ptfu - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Nicely done. Tip o’ the cap.

    • mlb4life - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      You might win the award for the most idiotic comment on hardball.

      • brucewaynewins - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        I’m guessing it flew over your head as it did most. He was mocking the pro DH fans when they cry about pitchers having to hit.

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