Let’s hope.

Zack Cozart is still experiencing “soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee and his Achilles tendon.” He hasn’t played in either of the last two games:

“He didn’t have enough improvement to justify having him in the lineup, against a usable player,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “But I’d like to get this behind him if we can. I don’t think playing the full nine innings is going to make him feel better tomorrow. Perhaps a day’s rest will get him over the hump.”

That doesn’t make me very optimistic that Cozart will be available soon.

Adam Duvall fouled a ball off his foot on Monday, and has now missed the last four games. He is expected to start today’s game against Los Angeles:

“We did some running today. Everything felt good. I’m available and ready to go,” Duvall said.

We’ve complained many times over the years — and the criticism has been completely justified, in my opinion — about the Reds deliberately playing short-handed for a week and a half because they’re seemingly so hesitant to place anyone on the disabled list. Not sure that criticism applies here, though if Cozart can’t play this weekend, we should start to wonder why Jose Peraza isn’t up here playing shortstop.

But if Cozart and Duvall were just going to miss 4 games each, you can’t really put them on the DL. It’s just unfortunate that both were injured at the same time.

On the other hand, even if Cozart returns soon, Bryan Price has been forced to play these games with a 23-man roster. The Reds have enough challenges facing them as it is, without making them play with one hand tied behind their back.