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ANAHEIM -- Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The recovery time is 8-12 weeks and Kouzmanoff will likely be out until sometime after the All-Star break.

He was hitting .362 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games before being placed on the disabled list on April 25. He has been dealing with back issues for most of his career.

Joe Saunders, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, pitched four innings in extended Spring Training on Friday. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while throwing 46 pitches. His next outing will likely be for Double-A Frisco sometime next week.

Donnie Murphy was back in the lineup on Friday night having to sit for a few days because of a bruised left foot. He had to come out of Monday's game against the Athletics when he fouled a pitch off the foot.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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