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.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff will get a second opinion on his injured back, but will likely have surgery for a herniated disc. He would miss 7-12 weeks, if he undergoes the surgery.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff might need surgery to repair the herniated disc in his back according to MLB.com, though the team wants to give him some time to heal before a decision is made.
Kouzmanoff was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, and traveled to Texas earlier in the week to receive an epidural injection in the back. If he responds well to that over the weekend, he may avoid surgery, though that remains a distinct possibility at this point.
Kouzmanoff was hitting .362 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games since joining the Rangers.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has been placed on the disabled list with a back injury that has prevented him from playing since Tuesday. He has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.
Kouzmanoff had been among the surprises of baseball since his promotion from Triple-A Round Rock. He embarked on a 10-game hitting streak and now owns a .362/.412/.617 stat line.
The return of Adrian Beltre from his injury puts the future of Kouzmanoff in doubt.
Torrid Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff will have to chill out again Friday. A back problem has kept him out of the lineup again, this time for the weekend series opener against Seattle.
Kouzmanoff has been scheduled to have his back tested, but there has been no word on that front yet.
Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is headed back to Texas to undergo more testing on his injured back. The Rangers want to get a better idea of Kouzmanoff's situation since he hasn't improved as much as they would have liked.
Opposing pitchers have not been able to cool off red-hot Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, but a back ailment has. He is out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon against Oakland after leaving the game Tuesday with the issue.
Kouzmanoff had at least two hits in five of his previous nine games.
Rangers infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff was removed from Tuesday's game against the A's due to back tightness, the team announced.
The Rangers don't expect the injury to be a serious issue. Kouzmanoff, who was 0 for 1 with a walk before exiting, has hit .362/.412/.617 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 47 at-bats.
The Rangers got a big boost from an unexpected source Tuesday, as Kevin Kouzmanoff carried the team to a 5-0 win over the Mariners.
Kouzmanoff did much of the heavy lifting offensively while extending his season-opening hit streak to six games. He went 3 for 4 with three RBI, and each of his hits went for extra bases as he remains scorching hot to open the season.
Kouzmanoff is hitting .450/.522/.750 with five RBI and three runs scored in six games since being called up last week.
The Rangers have purchased the contract of third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff from Triple-A Round Rock and designated for assignment right-hander Seth Rosin.
The promotion of Kouzmanoff could mean the Rangers are pessimistic about the immediate future of standout third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a left quad injury.
The Rangers optioned third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. The 32-year-old hit .370 with three homers and 12 RBI over 54 at-bats this spring.
The Rangers signed third baseman Brent Lillibridge, second baseman Josh Wilson, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, right-hander Armando Rodriguez and right-hander Doug Mathis to minor-league contracts Thursday. Lillibridge, Wilson, Kouzmanoff and Rodriguez also received invitations to spring training.
Kouzmanoff is the most notable of these players, having hit 15-plus homers in four straight seasons from 2007 to 2010. But the 32-year-old hasn't played in the majors since 2011, which he split between the Athletics and the Rockies.
The Marlins made several roster moves on Tuesday, reports the Palm Beach Post. Miami optioned left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans. Infielders Nick Green, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Matt Downs, Jordan Brown and pitcher Zach Phillips all were reassigned to minor league camp.
CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests Green could opt out of his contract. Green, who was battling for a backup infield spot, hit .250 this spring with two RBI over 40 at-bats. He played in seven games for the Marlins last year and hit .174.
The 31-year-old Kouzmanoff hit .345 this spring with three homers and eight RBI but never seriously contended for the third base job.
Downs, 29, hit just .146 this spring over 41 at-bats after hitting only .202 with the Astros last year over 91 games.
Jennings, 25, had a rough spring after a terrific 22 games with the Marlins last year. He pitched to a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings last season but gave up nine runs -- six earned -- over eight spring innings and will begin the year in the minors.