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Cozart remains benched with back issue

Cozart remains benched with back issue

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Cozart remains benched with back issue
CINCINNATI -- A back issue has put Zack Cozart out of the Reds' lineup for another game on Friday. Cozart first felt back pain on Tuesday during what was a scheduled break from playing, and could not play on Wednesday vs. the Phillies.

"I don't even know what the problem was, but I locked up. During BP, something didn't feel right. I wasn't letting it loose," Cozart said. "I was hoping coming into Wednesday it would be OK. It still wasn't. But it feels a lot better."

Cozart came to Great American Ball Park for treatment during Thursday's off day. He went on the field pregame Friday to test his back out, but it apparently didn't go well. When he returned to the clubhouse, he declined to comment when asked again how he felt.

"It's something we want to alleviate completely," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not like a sore ankle or knee or something. Especially being a shortstop when you have to rotate, twist, turn, jump, we want him for the long haul."

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