Kevin Kouzmanoff's time in Triple-A Colorado Springs was short-lived--if he ever went there at all. On Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies promoted Kouzmanoff, whom they acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday for a player to be named later and cash, from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The corresponding roster move was to demote infielder Chris Nelson from the big league squad. Kouzmanoff is in today's lineup.
Kouzmanoff, who played high school ball in Evergreen, CO, appears as though he will be given a shot to play everyday at third base. Ian Stewart struggled in his stints with the Rockies and is down on the farm and injured. Chris Nelson has had his moments at the plate and in the field, but not too many. Ty Wigginton has the ability to play elsewhere in the field.
While hitting just .221 with a .615 OPS in the majors this year, Kozumanoff has hit .275 with a .734 OPS in 96 late appearances at Coors Field.
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