"I slid the other day just on grass," Cozart said. "I slid today on dirt and it felt really good. I think that would be the last hurdle for me but that's not an issue. It's not my sliding leg anyway. I knew that wouldn't be an issue."
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On June 10 vs. the Phillies, the 30-year-old Cozart tore both the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments when he slipped on first base and needed season-ending surgery.
Cozart has been getting itchy to play again.
"It's been so long. It will be nine months exactly in two days since I got hurt," Cozart said Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm just really excited. I'm interested to see how I'll feel out there. Each day I come in and get my ground balls and I see the ball live off the bat during batting practice, it gets easier and easier. Everything is slowing down for me. The first day I was out there seeing it, it was 'Dang, these balls are being hit really hard. I don't know about this.'
"But every day is getting easier and easier. I feel good. I'm a normal guy."
Each day this spring, Cozart has been doing a normal routine of taking ground balls, batting practice and running -- all without setbacks.
"He's close," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "For sure, unless he has some sort of a setback, you'll see him in a game by Saturday."
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