Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that Kozma tested positive for COVID-19, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Kozma was added to the Braves' 60-man roster in late June as a non-roster invitee, but he was named as one of four players on the team to have tested positive for COVID-19. He's reportedly experiencing symptoms, which could slightly extend his recovery timeline. The 32-year-old will need to clear the league protocol before he's allowed to rejoin the team.
Kozma will be a part of the Braves' 60-man roster, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Kozma inked a minor-league deal with the Braves during the offseason and appeared in major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee, where he went 3-for-18 with three runs and four strikeouts. After spending the entire 2019 campaign in the minors, the 32-year-old is no lock for major-league playing time, especially after hitting .164/.228/.221 with 12 RBI and 56 strikeouts over his last three seasons in the majors.
Kozma signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Saturday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
After making major-league appearances in 2017 and 2018, Kozma failed to reach the big leagues last season as he hit .263/.340/.414 with seven home runs and 51 RBI over 88 games with Triple-A Toledo. The 31-year-old has struggled in his limited action in the majors over his career. While it wouldn't be surprising to see him make an appearance with the Braves at some point in 2020, it's unlikely that he will make a big impact.
The Tigers reassigned Kozma to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Kozma played in 27 games for the Tigers in 2018, slashing .217/.236/.348 across 73 plate appearances. Assuming he sticks around in the organization, Kozma will likely begin 2019 at Triple-A Toledo and could get the call to the big leagues if the Tigers are in need of a utility infielder at any point.
Kozma agreed to a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Kozma will remain in the Tigers' organization for the second straight season after spending a majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level. He is set to compete for an Opening Day spot in spring training, but the 30-year-old shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a depth piece after slashing .217/.236/.348 in 27 games with the big-league team last year.
Kozma decided to pursue free agency Thursday.
Kozma will land on the open market after being outrighted off Detroit's 40-man roster earlier in the week. The infielder played in 27 games for the Tigers in 2018, hitting just .217 with a .584 OPS. The 30-year-old has bounced around the past few years and will look to find a new home as a depth piece prior to next season.
Kozma was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Kozma spent the majority of the 2018 season as organizational infield depth, appearing in just 27 games for the Tigers and slashing .217/.236/.348.
Kozma is not starting Friday against the Brewers.
Kozma sits for the third time in four games, following a stretch in which he started five straight at shortstop. Niko Goodrum will start at short Friday, with Jim Adduci playing first base.
Kozma's contract was selected by the Tigers on Friday.
The Tigers required an extra infielder for the stretch run after Jose Iglesias suffered a setback in his recovery from an abdominal strain. Kozma appeared in 15 games for the Tigers earlier in the season, hitting .175/.195/.300. As a 30-year-old with a career 53 wRC+, Kozma is unlikely to be anything other than bench depth over the final few weeks of the season, as the Tigers will presumably prefer to give at-bats to younger players who could be part of their future. Iglesias was placed on the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.
Kozma cleared waivers Monday and will report to Triple-A Toledo.
Kozma will serve as organizational infield depth with the Mud Hens after being designated for assignment and subsequently passing through waivers untouched. The 30-year-old owns a .200/.258/.306 slash line across 26 games with Toledo this season.
Kozma was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Friday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
A spot was needed for Miguel Cabrera and Kozma was the roster casualty. Kozma saw a brief stretch of regular playing time in mid-May but his opportunities dried up in a hurry -- he had logged just 12 at-bats in the past two weeks. The 30-year-old will now be subjected to waivers.
Kozma is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Kozma enjoyed a run of six consecutive starts in mid-May, but after batting just 4-for-25 over that stretch he has been buried on the bench ever since. The 30-year-old could be at risk of losing his spot on the active roster when Miguel Cabrera (hamstring) is likely reinstated from the 10-day disabled list during the upcoming week.
Kozma got the start at second base and hit ninth in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored.
The homer was his first in the big leagues since 2013, when he was a Cardinal. Neither Dixon Machado nor Niko Goodrum has done much at the plate so far this season, so Kozma could get a real look at the keystone while he's with the Tigers. However, the 30-year-old's .567 career OPS doesn't indicate he'll be any kind of improvement.
The Tigers are expected to purchase Kozma's contract Tuesday.
Kozma will head to the big leagues after his contract was bought from Triple-A Toledo. The 30-year-old shortstop had a poor showing in the major leagues last season, slashing .111/.200/.178 in 39 games. He'll look to bounce back and provide meaningful contributions for Detroit, likely as a bench player.
The Tigers reassigned Kozma to their minor-league camp Thursday.
Kozma made 39 appearances with the Rangers and Tigers last season, but his value came almost entirely on defense, as he slashed a porous .111/.200/.178 across 51 plate appearances. With higher-upside utility options on hand in JaCoby Jones and Niko Goodrum, it likely wasn't a tough decision for the Tigers to dismiss Kozma, who is expected to report to Triple-A Toledo to begin the season.
Kozma signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
With Didi Gregorious sidelined for the first month of the 2017 season, Kozma wound up breaking camp with the Yankees, though he went just 1-for-10 (.100) and was designated for assignment once Gregorious returned at the end of April. Kozma was subsequently scooped up by the Rangers, but he continued to struggle and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock before being released prior to the end of the season. Look for the 29-year-old, who owns a career .215/.282/.285 triple-slash across parts of six major-league seasons, to serve as an organizational depth piece for the Tigers in 2018.
The Rangers released Kozma on Sunday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Texas recently added two versatile infielders via waiver claims in Phil Gosselin and Tyler Smith, and with Jurickson Profar also lingering at Triple-A Round Rock, Kozma was likely no better than fourth in the organizational pecking order for a utility role with the big club. As such, the Rangers decided to part ways with the 29-year-old, who had gone 5-for-45 (.111 average) in the majors this season before he was outrighted to Round Rock on July 23.
Kozma cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock.
Kozma was designated for assignment just a few days ago, but his lack of hitting at the big-league level deterred the other clubs in the league from plucking him off waivers. He'll remain in the Rangers organization as an organizational depth piece moving forward.
Kozma was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday.
Kozma was just 4-for-36 with 18 strikeouts at the plate since coming to the Rangers in late April. The infielder was cast off by the club due to the return of Keone Kela (shoulder) from the disabled list prior to Thursday's contest with Baltimore. Although Kozma's versatility was an immense positive during his time in Texas, his lack of hitting eventually became too much of a burden.
Kozma went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's 11-4 loss to the Red Sox.
Kozma picked up his second start in three games with manager jeff Banister choosing to rest several key lefty hitters with southpaw David Price on the hill for the opposition. The 29-year-old did little Tuesday to stake a claim to a larger role and is batting just .119 while striking out in 19 of his 48 plate appearances (39.6 percent) this season. He remains on the roster for no other reason than his sound glove and ability to play multiple infield spots.
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|2018||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||83||271||23||55||18||2||1||17||19||52||6||1||.203||.260||.295|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||88||278||44||73||17||2||7||51||32||49||2||0||.263||.340||.414|