7/23/2014 4:00 P.M. ET
Cozart still bothered by swollen right hand
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- The first two fingers on Zack Cozart's right hand still resembled a Wisconsin bratwurst on Wednesday morning. Therefore, it wasn't surprising that the shortstop was out of the starting lineup after being hit on the hand Tuesday night vs. the Brewers.
"It's swollen, but I think it's better," Cozart said.
Cozart was attempting to sacrifice bunt in the top of the seventh inning of a 3-2 Reds loss when Jimmy Nelson's fastball came up and in and nailed his index and middle fingers. He was able to finish the top of the inning before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the seventh.
Ramon Santiago started at shortstop on Wednesday for the road trip finale. Cozart's pending return is listed as day to day.
"I don't think hitting will be the problem. Throwing will be the problem," Cozart said.
It was the puffier index finger that hurt Cozart the most.
"It's still purple, he said. "Gripping the baseball is going to be interesting."
Negron OK after being struck in head by pickoff
MILWAUKEE -- Reds backup infielder Kristopher Negron was fortunate he wasn't seriously hurt on Tuesday when a pickoff throw hit him in the head.
In the top of the ninth inning of the Reds' 3-2 loss to the Brewers, Negron was leading off first base and dove back as reliever Francisco Rodriguez fired his pickoff throw in the dirt. The ball caught Negron on the right side of the helmet where there was no ear flap.
Negron spent several moments on the ground and was examined by the trainer. But he was able to stay in the game.
"It got me right behind the ear," Negron said on Wednesday. "It caught me pretty solid. I was a little dazed right when it happened, but it went away quick. I am good to go now."
Negron did not need to undergo further testing under the league's concussion protocol.
"I didn't have any headaches and I wasn't woozy afterwards," he said.
Since his recall to the Reds from Triple-A Louisville on July 10, Negron has made two starts, notching two hits. Both of them were home runs, the first two of his big league career -- including a pinch-hit long ball to right field in Monday's loss to Milwaukee.
"I'm trying to help out any way I possibly can," Negron said. "Any time I can, I want to contribute -- whether it's defense, getting a hit or running."
Reds draw competitive balance pick for 2015 Draft
MILWAUKEE -- In the Competitive Balance Lottery for an extra Draft pick on Wednesday, the Reds drew the first pick of Round B. That means they will get a selection immediately following the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
These picks can be important since they give clubs an extra chance to make picks during the early portion of the Draft. And unlike regular selections, competitive balance pick positions are allowed to be used in trades.
In effect since 2012, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives teams who have either one of the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools one of six additional choices after each of the first and second rounds.
A club's odds of winning the lottery were based on its prior season's winning percentage compared to other eligible clubs in that lottery round.
• Since his rehab assignment moved to Louisville, infielder Jack Hannahan (right shoulder surgery) is 1-for-18 in five games. Hannahan played the first four games as the designated hitter but started his previous game at first base. In four previous games at Class A Dayton, he was 4-for-12.