A back injury has Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff leaning toward retirement, per CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman. The 34-year-old Kouzmanoff has not played since April 2014. He was off to a brilliant start with Texas when two back surgeries ended his season and perhaps his career.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who lost nearly the entire 2014 season to a back injury, has opted to accept free agency rather than return to the organization, per Fox Sports. Kouzmanoff was on a roll before going down. He began the year on a 20-game hitting streak and finished it with a stat line of .362/.412/.617. His 47 at-bats were his first in the major leagues since 2011.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels provided an update on the status of Kevin Kouzmanoff's recovery from back surgery Thursday, and had only bad news to report, via the Dallas Morning News. Kouzmanoff, who was expected to miss 7-12 weeks while recovering from back surgery in early May, will now miss the remainder of the season after requiring a second surgery on his back, to stabilize the herniated disc he suffered earlier int he season. Kouzmanoff finishes the season with 17 hits in 47 at-bats.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff underwent back surgery Tuesday, according to The Dallas Morning News. He is expected to miss 7-12 weeks.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff's herniated disc did not respond to an epidural shot the way the team hoped, and surgery is looking like an increasingly likely outcome, according to MLB.com Tuesday. "Surgery is a last thing, but I think now it's to the point that maybe the time has come," Kouzmanoff said. "There was just an adjustment period for a couple days. It was hard to swallow, but now it's like, OK, this is the way it's going to be and we just have to make a decision to move on from here." Kouzmanoff is dealing with numbness in his right leg and calf, which might require surgery to heal. He will get a second opinion Friday in Anaheim before making a decision. He will likely need 7-to-12 weeks to recovery is surgery is the route he takes.
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