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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Zack Cozart, Logan Ondrusek


By on 7/23/2014 08:00:00 AM

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was forced out of Tuesday night's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers after being hit by a Jimmy Nelson pitch on the right hand. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that X-rays were negative but Cozart is unlikely to play Wednesday. Fay also reports that right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek has been placed on the DL with a strained right shoulder. Cozart told Fay that his hand was just 'a little sore':

"It's a little swollen, a little sore," Cozart said. "I've escaped some injuries getting hit on the hand."
 Cozart was hit in the seventh to load the bases, after which Nelson also hit Ramon Santiago to force in a run. The shortstop remained in the game until the end of the inning, after which Kris Negron came in to play third base, with Santiago moving over to short.


Fay spoke to manager Bryan Price about Ondrusek's move and the fact that they replaced him with another reliever, Curtis Partch, meaning the Reds will continue to go with an eight-man bullpen. Price said that the team doesn't see any 'significant options' on the roster who can help on the position player front. Ondrusek hasn't pitched since July 12th so the move has been made retroactive to the 13th. Like a number of moves lately, the Reds were clearly hoping the break would give the shoulder enough time to heal, but it hasn't worked out that way.


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