Reds SS Cozart out with illness, Stubbs affected

Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart was out of Cincinnati’s lineup

Tuesday night with an illness that was affecting others as

well.

Cozart came down with the illness before the start of a

three-game series against the intrastate rival Cleveland Indians.

He’s been hitting well lately, batting .333 in the last eight

games. His seven homers are the most ever by a Reds rookie

shortstop.

Cozart started 53 of the first 59 games, appearing in all but

one.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs also was sick on Tuesday. Stubbs had

missed the last five games with strained muscles in his left side

after being hurt on a swing. Stubbs was supposed to take batting

practice before Tuesday’s game to test the injury, but had to back

off when he became sick.