Rangers converting Scott Cousins from outfielder to pitcher

Rangers converting Scott Cousins from outfielder to pitcher
April 18, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Scott Cousins was released from a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on April 2. (USATSI)

The Texas Rangers on Wednesday signed free agent Scott Cousins -- the player who severely injured Buster Posey in a home plate collision in 2011 -- to a minor league contract. 

Cousins, 29, has started primarily as an outfielder in 135 major league games with the Marlins and Angels. However, Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley is reporting Cousins will be utilized as a pitcher for the Rangers, a position he hasn't played since college -- at the University of San Francisco.

When Cousins last pitched as a USF junior in 2006, he finished with 4-3 record, a 4.02 ERA and 61 strikeouts. In his sophomore season, he posted a 2.64 ERA and 76 strikeouts. Cousins has never pitched in a professional game. 

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According to Fraley, Cousins will join the extended spring training team in Surprise, Arizona to start the conversion to pitcher.