Cozart making progress, getting used to brace

Cozart making progress, getting used to brace

HOUSTON -- Injured Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart is continuing to make progress with the hyperextended left elbow that currently has him on the 15-day disabled list.

Cozart has been hitting soft tosses in the indoor cage, which he did again on Tuesday. One issue has been trying to get comfortable hitting with a soft brace on his left arm.

"There are still problems with extending a little bit and reaching that outside pitch and getting extension," Cozart said. "It's tough, because this brace is bulky and is supposed to keep me from extending. Obviously, when you hit, you need that. Hopefully after a couple of more days of doing baseball stuff, I will feel better."

Cozart will have to wear the brace for the rest of the season. He was injured during a July 23 collision at second base when the Braves' Nate McLouth slid into his arm. He is eligible to be activated on Monday and was hopeful he could be ready.

"The real test is actually playing in a game," Cozart said. "I can't simulate that stuff, putting the tag and things like that. It's inevitable that the ball could come in and the runner will hit me. That's what the brace is for."