Cozart's spring hitting streak snapped

Cozart's spring hitting streak snapped

Cozart's spring hitting streak snapped
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart's eight-game hitting streak ended on Tuesday when he went 0-for-4. Cozart, who was 13-for-20 (.650) during the streak, is still batting a robust .413 (19-for-46) on the spring with seven doubles.

"He's had a better spring in the field, which is his No. 1 job," Reds manager Dusty Baker pointed out before Tuesday's game.

Cozart is coming off of Tommy John surgery to his left, non-throwing elbow last summer. Baker did not consider it critical for the 26-year-old to have a stellar spring to secure the regular shortstop job.

"It was probably more important to him than it was to us," Baker said. "As long as he's healthy and his arm isn't bothering him, he's the same player he was before he got hurt. You don't see a difference in his swing."