Monday, April 11, 2005

Ben Kozlowski update 

Kozlowski gave up 0 runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 4 in 5 innings, in his debut for the Reds' AA affiliate this past weekend.

Kozlowski, of course, was the Rangers' top pitching prospect after 2002, then missed most of 2003 and 2004 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Despite the fact that Kozlowski had showed very good stuff before his injury, despite the fact that the recovery rate for pitchers with T-J surgery is extremely high, and despite the fact that pitchers generally don't get back to 100% after T-J surgery for 18 months -- which, for Koz, was around December -- the team cut him loose this winter, in order to make room for the Agustin Monteros, Travis Hugheses, and Ruddy Yans that clogged up the 40 man roster this offseason.

I'll reiterate...waiving Kozlowski is going to come back and bite the Rangers...

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