9/12 vs. PIT
Reds lineup vs. Pirates
*UPDATE — SS Zack Cozart (left oblique strain) took swings off of a tee for first time since last Tuesday. Cozart also took ground balls, stretched with the pitchers and ran.
“It actually felt pretty good,” Cozart said. “It was nothing major, I just hit off the tee. There’s still steps to be made, but it was a positive day. Everything is feeling a lot better.”
There is no ETA yet for Cozart’s return. Wilson Valdez and Didi Gregorius have been filling in at shortstop.
“I can’t really put a day,” Cozart said. “We did a lot of stuff today, knowing we had the off-day [Thursday] for recovery. We’ll see how it goes Friday. It’s been progress pretty much every day. I couldn’t do a jog three days ago, and today I ran. I can’t really put a day on it, but hopefully sooner than later. Based on today, I would think sooner.”
*The Reds enter today with a 10 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals, the team’s biggest division lead since it had an 11-game lead on 9/22/95. The magic number to clinch the NL Central is 10.
*In case you missed it, the Reds 2013 schedule is out. Opening Day is April 1 vs. the Angels, yes…the Angels.