Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Rangers call up 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
By Kyle Brasseur
Special to ESPNDallas.com
BOSTON -- The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that they have purchased the contract of infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Seth Rosin was designated for assignment.
Kouzmanoff will serve as infield depth for Texas after third baseman Adrian Beltre left Tuesday night’s game with tightness in his left quad. Beltre flew back to Dallas on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to see Dr. Keith Meister.
“Just the reality of the way our roster is set up, we need another infielder,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We want to make sure we have coverage.”
Kouzmanoff last appeared in the majors with the Colorado Rockies in 2011. The 32-year-old was off to a 5-for-16 start in four games with Triple-A Round Rock this year before being purchased.
"I'm ready to go, I feel good," Kouzmanoff said. "I'm here to help produce and help win some ballgames."
Rosin allowed three runs in three appearances (four innings) with the Rangers this season. A Rule 5 draft pick, Rosin will be offered back to the Philadelphia Phillies if he clears waivers.
“Seth did a nice job,” Daniels said. “It was kind of a whirlwind few weeks for him.”
Asked whether the team would consider making a deal with the Phillies to keep Rosin, Daniels said, “We’ll see what happens ... It all depends on what they ask.”