April 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (6, right) is congratulated by catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) for scoring on a RBI-single by second baseman Donnie Murphy (16, not pictured) against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The timing of the return of Adrian Beltre couldn’t be better with the news that Kevin Kouzmanoff, Beltre’s replacement form the few weeks he was out, is headed back to Texas to have his back checked out by Dr. Drew Dossett. According to the Texas Rangers website,
"“Kouzmanoff has not improved as much as the Rangers had hoped, so they want him to undergo a complete examination. The Rangers have to make a roster decision on Friday night when they activate Adrian Beltre from the disabled list.” texasrangers.com"
Kevin Kouzmanoff was hitting over .350 in the thirteen games he started in the absence of Adrian Beltre. He had a lot of timely hits and was even voted the American League player of the week before his back started acting up Tuesday night. You could hear the chant “KOUZZZZ” every time he came to the plate during that stretch, and his chant was reminiscent of the old “NAP-O-LI” chant that used to be heard around the ballpark in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
My hope is that Kevin Kouzmanoff can keep himself off of the disabled list and come back very soon, and that Dr. Dossett will have good news for Kouz and Texas Rangers fans everywhere. This team needs to start getting players back, not losing more players. Just this week the Texas Ranger lost Shin-Soo Choo, Pedro Figueroa and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Everyone keep their fingers crossed and we will post news about Kevin Kouzmanoff here as soon as we hear anymore. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to follow me as well on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.