A new father, ailing Cozart nearing return

A new father, ailing Cozart nearing return

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who missed the last four games with a sore right wrist, was still not ready to rejoin the starting lineup on Friday. Cozart was able to take batting practice and do infield work.

"He's also been off for five days. Just let him have a day of activity and let him swing the bat, do some baseball-related stuff," Reds manager Bryan Price said before batting practice. "If everything is good, he'll be in there [Saturday]."

Cozart still felt some soreness on Friday, two days after receiving a cortisone injection to get some pain relief.

"I think it's just sore from the actual injection, not the spot that actually hurt," Cozart said.

Cozart still doesn't know how he got hurt.

"I can't pinpoint it. It was barking a little bit on Saturday," he said. "I've had things like this go away the next day. I was trying to take batting practice on Sunday and I could barely swing. It was weird. I can't think of one thing where I was like, 'Oh man, that's where I hurt it,' or on a dive or whatever. It's one of those things that popped up."

On Monday, Cozart returned to Cincinnati and was present for the birth of his first child -- a son named Cooper -- on Tuesday. He became the latest Reds player to become a first-time father this year -- joining Todd Frazier, Mike Leake, Mat Latos and Chris Heisey.

"A lot of boys, too. It's so cool," Cozart said. "It was a crazy feeling on Tuesday to have Cooper come. It puts a little different perspective on everything. I'm really happy."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.