Former Wolf Pack third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is going to undergo back surgery next week.
Several media reports confirm that Kouzmanoff will have surgery on Tuesday to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. He is expected to miss the nest 8-12 weeks to recover.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that his back is actually feeling much better, but he still has lingering tingles down his legs. Both the Rangers' team doctor and another second opinion has recommended the surgery.
Kouzmanoff was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25th, just a few days after he had to leave the game with back stiffness.
It's literally the only thing that could slow him down.
Kouzmanoff has been on a tear since being called up from Triple-A. He was batting .362 with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games with the Texas Rangers. He was even named the American League Player of the Week on April 21st.
This is his first season back in the majors since 2011. He's got a .257 batting average with 87 home runs and 371 RBI during his six-year career.
Kouzmanoff was the 2003 WAC Player of the Year during his one and only season at Nevada. He was a sixth round pick by the Indians in that's year's MLB Draft.