“My legs hadn’t been where they were earlier in the year. That might’ve been because I only played 50 games last year and where am I at now? Over a hundred? It was more fatigue than problems related to the surgery. Maybe sitting out now will be beneficial to my whole body. I want to finish strong. Nobody’s feeling good right now, surgery or no surgery.”
Take it easy: Outfielder Tyler Holt has a harder knuckleball than the one that helped him wade easily through three Dodger batters in the ninth inning of Monday's 18-9 beatdown of the Reds.
“He throws a harder ball,” said Cozart, who’s caught Holt’s knuckler when the two have tossed before batting practice. “He throws it harder and it moves. It’s firmer.”
Catcher Tucker Barnhart wanted nothing to do with that pitch, said Cozart, whose Great American Ball Park cubicles are adjacent to Barnhart’s.
“He told Tyler, ‘Don’t throw the hard one,’ ” Cozart related. “ ‘I don’t have the right glove and I’ve never caught it. I don’t know if I can catch it.’ ”
Holt threw two knuckleballs and three of what he described as “batting practice” pitches while retiring all three batters he faced — just the second 1-2-3 inning logged by Cincinnati pitchers in the game.
Next: The Reds wrap up their two-game series with Texas and their 10-game home stand at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday. Right-hander Tim Adleman (2-1), who allowed five hits in five scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday in his first start since May 19, is Cincinnati's projected starter. Right-hander Yu Darvish goes for the Rangers.
The Reds are off Thursday before embarking on a six-game road trip — three games in Arizona and three interleague games in Anaheim against the Angels.