Reds shortstop Zack Cozart helped off field with leg injury

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Reds shortstop Zack Cozart exited today’s game and had to be helped off the field with what looked like a potentially serious knee injury.

Cozart’s left knee twisted when he stepped on first base trying to beat out an infield single and he went down immediately while grabbing his leg in obvious pain.

It’s particularly sad news because Cozart was in the midst of a career-year, hitting .259 with nine homers and a .772 OPS in 52 games to top his career OPS coming into the season by 126 points.

Cincinnati could turn to Kristopher Negron at shortstop if the injury is relatively minor, but if Cozart is out for an extended period of time 23-year-old Eugenio Suarez could get the call-up from Triple-A.