HOU@TEX: Kouzmanoff hits a homer to right-center

BOSTON -- Infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff was the last player cut by the Rangers in Spring Training. He hit .370 with three home runs and 12 RBIs, but lost out to Jim Adduci for the last spot on the roster. Now he is back in the big leagues for the first time in three years, getting called up on Wednesday.

"I forgot all about that," Kouzmanoff said. "The decision was made and I moved on. That's all you can do. Keep pushing and you never know what can happen."

Kouzmanoff was 5-for-16 in four games with Round Rock before getting the callup. Kouzmanoff was the starting third baseman for the Padres in 2007-09 and the Athletics in 2010, but hadn't played in the Major Leagues since 2011 with the Rockies.

"He's a pro," manager Ron Washington said. "Good things happen to good people. He took it like a man, now he's getting the opportunity to come back."

Kouzmanoff has played in 644 games at third at the Major League level. He will likely be the everyday third baseman if Adrian Beltre goes on the disabled list. But after Kouzmanoff rushed to Boston on an early morning flight Wednesday, Washington decided not to rush him into the lineup. He'll likely play on Friday if Beltre is not ready.

Murphy, Wilson seeing action amid infield injuries

TEX@BOS: Murphy scores another with bloop double

BOSTON -- Two weeks ago, Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson didn't know how much they would be playing in the Major Leagues. There was also a possibility neither would be in the Major Leagues.

Now they are getting to play regularly for the Rangers as injuries mount up in the infield. Wilson was at third base and Murphy was at second base for the second straight day Wednesday with Adrian Beltre sidelined with tightness in his left calf muscle.

Murphy was at second for the fourth straight game just two weeks after being claimed on waivers from the Cubs.

"It has been crazy," Murphy said. "With the situation with the Cubs, there was a possible platoon, but I didn't know how much I would be playing. Now I'm playing a lot. It's definitely been an emotional roller coaster. But I'm having a great time. There are a lot of good guys here and it makes it more fun to play."

Wilson has been a utility infielder for much of his career and shortstop has been his best position. Coming into this season, he had played 229 games at short, 66 at second and 35 at third. But he made his first start at third base this season Tuesday night and started two of the Rangers' five double plays.

"My most natural position is either spot in the middle," Wilson said. "In the middle, I feel I can be as good as anybody in the game. At third base, I'm not saying I'm uncomfortable, but it's my least natural position. But I've played there enough that I'm not worried about anything."

Murphy and Wilson made the team to handle second while Jurickson Profar is on the disabled list. Going into Wednesday's game, Rangers second basemen were hitting .370 (10-for-27) with six RBIs. That was the highest batting average and most RBIs from the second base position for any team in the American League.

Lewis tentatively slated to start Saturday

Colby Lewis on his second start following hip surgery

BOSTON -- Pitcher Colby Lewis, with Triple-A Round Rock, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. The Rangers were waiting to see how he made it through the session before making a decision, but Lewis is still expected to start on Saturday against the Astros.

"The likely scenario is he'll pitch this weekend," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We'll see how the bullpen [session] goes and then we'll make a decision."

Should Lewis start Saturday, it would be his first appearance in a Major League game since July 18, 2012. Since then, he has undergone surgery in 2012 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow and hip replacement surgery last August.

"It's going to be a test," Daniels said. "The last few outings in Spring Training and [in two starts in the Minors], he looked good, but the big leagues are a different animal. But we're at the point where it makes sense to take a look."

Worth noting

Robinson Chirinos started for the second straight game at catcher Wednesday. Washington said that was already planned and had nothing to do with Chirinos hitting a home run and a double on Tuesday night.

• The Rangers turned five double plays in 6 1/3 innings with Martin Perez on the mound Wednesday night. The last pitcher to get as many double plays in as few innings was Dave Otto, who had five in six innings for the Indians on Sept. 13, 1991.

• Pitcher Joe Saunders, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle, flew to Arizona on Wednesday to be with his wife, Shanel, who is expecting the couple's third child.

• The Mariners rotation is in a jumble because of injuries and rainouts but it appears the Rangers will face Felix Hernandez on Wednesday in Arlington.