Zack Cozart passed the biggest test on his reconstructed knee.
Cozart had a single in two at-bats in his first game this spring. Cozart had knee surgery in June. Cozart injured his knee by extending his leg to reach for firstbase in a game with Philadelphia on June 10. He had surgery six days later.
Cozart slipped trying to get to a ground single by Renato Nunez to raise eyebrows in the Reds’ dugout.
“We had a moment of pause when he slipped on the backhand,” Reds’ manager Bryan Price said. “It wasn’t a concern to him but it was to us.”
“My first at bat I couldn’t calm it down,” Cozart said. “I did things I hadn’t done in nine months, I slipped and fell, got up. I went back on a fly ball. I ran bases, touched the base and hit and ran out of the box. All the things that are tough to emulate. It’s been so long, nine months and a day. On the slip, I was just upset that I didn’t get to the ball. Mentally, I feel good and I’m glad it’s over.”
"On the hit by Schebler, I stopped thinking about touching the base," Cozart said.
"I have never been away from playing in a game for nine months in my life,"