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Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has torn knee ligaments & tendon, surgery followed by 9-month rehab

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CHICAGO — Cincinnati Reds shortstop tore a tendon and two ligaments in his right knee and will need reconstructive surgery, leaving him with a nine-month rehabilitation.

Cozart hurt the knee when he slipped on first base while trying to beat out a grounder during a 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. The team hadn't received results of tests on the knee when it headed to Chicago for the start of a four-game series.

The Reds announced before the game on Thursday that tests revealed a torn ACL, lateral collateral ligament and biceps tendon in his right knee. Cozart is scheduled for surgery on Monday.

It's a stinging setback for the Reds. Cozart is among the NL's top shortstops in numerous offensive categories, with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

He also was the Reds' second-leading candidate for the All-Star Game that will be played in Cincinnati next month. Only third baseman has gotten more fan votes.

"It's really unfortunate for Zack," Reds Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin said Thursday, during a conference call about the All-Star Game. "He did get off to a great start. He's a great guy. Injuries are part of the game. You just have to deal with it. Timing's everything."

The Reds put Cozart on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and optioned reliever to Triple-A Louisville. They recalled infielders and from Louisville.

Cincinnati is short-handed in the infield with second baseman temporarily sidelined by a strained groin. The Reds already were missing catcher , left fielder and starter .

Mesoraco has a hip problem that prevents him from catching and will require surgery. He's trying to learn to play left field at Louisville to fill in while Byrd recovers from a broken right wrist. Bailey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.


AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

PHOTO: Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart  is helped to his feet alongside manager Bryan Price (38) and Joey Votto, right, after he injured his right leg running out a ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart is helped to his feet alongside manager Bryan Price (38) and Joey Votto, right, after he injured his right leg running out a ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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PHOTO: Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart  is helped to his feet alongside manager Bryan Price (38) and Joey Votto, right, after he injured his right leg running out a ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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