Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has gotten off to a solid start at the plate, but a leg injury may derail his progress.

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Cozart Dealing with Quad Tightness

Monday, April 11

Cozart left Monday’s 5-3 loss against the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning with tightness in his right quad, per Mark Sheldon of

“I’m sore. It’s more of a precaution though,” Cozart said, per Sheldon. “Being a chilly night, I just had some tightness in my quad. I’m going to get some treatment [Tuesday] and come back Wednesday and see how I feel. Hopefully, I feel fine.”

Before leaving the game, Cozart was 1-for-2 at the plate. He has recorded a hit in each game he’s played this year. Coming into Monday, the 30-year-old former second-round pick was batting .400 with one RBI.

The shortstop appeared to suffer the injury in the first inning after hitting a bloop single on a 2-1 pitch. Manager Bryan Price and trainer Steve Baumann then came out to check on him. Cozart tried to play through it before eventually exiting the game in the fourth.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. replaced him in the lineup.

“I think it just has to do with this tightness in my quad. It’s kind of irritating everything on my right side,” Cozart said, per Sheldon. “Since it’s my surgery side, we didn’t want to push it this early in the year.”

De Jesus will likely fill in at shortstop until Cozart is able to return. De Jesus has been a solid presence at the plate for a Reds team that fell one game behind the Cubs after Monday’s loss.

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