Reds SS Cozart healed from 2 surgeries

The Associated Press Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back to full health after a tough offseason recovering from two operations.

Cozart was one of the Reds' biggest surprises last season, playing very well in his first promotion to the majors. In only his 11th game, he tore a ligament in his left (non-throwing) elbow while trying to make a tag at second base. He had reconstructive surgery in August.

That wasn't the only problem. He was having problems running on his right ankle, which he had cleaned out as well.

Cozart showed up for Reds' spring training early. He said on Thursday that he's been going through full workouts for the last three weeks with no problem. He will get a chance to win the starting shortstop job during spring training.