Cozart part of thrilling win in first home game
CINCINNATI -- The newest Reds shortstop, rookie Zack Cozart, spent his All-Star break back in Louisville, where he and his wife packed and moved their stuff to a new apartment in Cincinnati."My break wasn't really relaxing, but I got a place here and moved a bunch of stuff. Now it's time to relax and play," said Cozart, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 7. Cozart, 25, began his career with a four-game hitting streak at Milwaukee, and he singled in his first at-bat Friday. He went on to enjoy a three-hit night, which included his first Major League RBI and a single in the ninth to set up Brandon Phillips' walk-off homer that downed the Cardinals, 6-5.
Cozart was excited for his first Reds home game at Great American Ball Park, where he had family and friends in attendance from his hometown of Memphis."I try to let my wife handle that stuff, but I'm going to have a lot of people here," Cozart said. "It's going to be exciting. I know my dad is coming up again. It's only seven hours. Not bad."
Reds send Arredondo to DL, recall Horst
CINCINNATI -- The Reds placed right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right forearm and recalled lefty reliever Jeremy Horst from Triple-A Louisville.The DL move for Arredondo was retroactive to July 7. On July 6, he earned his first victory for Cincinnati with two scoreless innings in a 9-8 win at St. Louis in 13 innings. "He should be all right by next week. We made it retroactive to seven days ago, which helps a lot," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Arredondo was 1-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 24 games this season, covering 23 2/3 innings. "He wasn't available in Milwaukee," Baker said. "When a guy has had Tommy John [surgery], you want to be more careful, even though it's not in the same area. He just didn't feel 100 percent. Even though he says he's fine today, we can't afford to be short tomorrow or the next day if he doesn't feel right." Horst is in his second stint with the Reds at the big league level. In five appearances from May 28-June 22, he had a 3.24 ERA.
Reds sign Draft picks Rosa, Wright
CINCINNATI -- The Reds have signed a pair of high-round 2011 Draft choices over the last couple of days. That included second-round pick Gabriel Rosa, a high school outfielder from Puerto Rico, and fifth rounder Ryan Wright, a second baseman out of the University of Louisville.Since the June Draft, the Reds have signed 23 of their 50 picks and all but two of their first 14 picks. The most notable unsigned selection is first-round pick and pitcher Robert Stephenson. There has been little movement in talks with Stephenson to this point.
Since Brandon Phillips became the Reds' second baseman in 2006, he has been paired with 20 different shortstops in the middle infield. Zack Cozart is the 20th.The last five players to wear No. 2 for the Reds have been shortstops -- Felipe Lopez (2004-06), Royce Clayton (2006), Alex Gonzalez (2007-09), Orlando Cabrera (2010) and Cozart (2011).