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Organizational Injury Report - Heading Strong into the Playoffs

Smile Dusty, your team just won the division.  Again. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Smile Dusty, your team just won the division. Again. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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When it comes to injuries, usually no news is good news. And the little news that there is to report on in the last week is mostly good, too. SS Zack Cozart returned to the lineup on September 21 after missing 14 games with a strained oblique, which is actually a fast return from that injury. He's back just int time to shake off the rust and tune up for the playoffs, and with the division freshly clinched, the Reds can have the luxury of easing Cozart back in at whatever pace suits him.

Ryan Ludwick has not played since September 19 due to a groin problem. He's day-to-day and by all accounts this injury is not serious and he should return very shortly. Again, having clinched, there's no reason not to be cautious with any and all injury situations.

The starting five of the Reds rotation still have not missed a single start this season due to injury. That's really cool.

On a more somber note, I am sorry to have to mention manager Dusty Baker in an injury report, but Baker has been hospitalized since Wednesday because of an irregular heartbeat. I don't want to say it is sad (because clinching isn't very sad at all), but somehow it just doesn't feel quite right - to me at least - that Dusty was not with the team to celebrate the culmination of the Reds' efforts this season, in which Dusty certainly had a very large role. Considering the grief and gall managers have to deal with even when the team is successful, Dusty deserved to revel in the high of success as much or more than anyone. It's possible that Dusty will be released from the hospital today. Whatever the case, I hope he has or will have a complete recovery of health.

Get well and get back with your team, Dusty. Because though we might call them Rolen's Reds, I really believe this is your team above all.