Tim Cooney missed all of 2016 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, and so inherently, it's difficult to nail down a reasonable projection for him. He hasn't thrown competitively since 2015, and his sample size of major-league outings, which took place over a year ago, is very small. Complicating matters it the fact that he joined the Indians on a waiver claim in the offseason -- a team with a deeper and more talented rotation than the Cardinals. He may still get a chance to compete for a spot in spring training, but the chances of him being ready to jump right back into live MLB outings are slim, so a trip back to Triple-A to begin the 2017 campaign seems likely. If he fares well and can successfully rebuild strength without experiencing any more injury setbacks, Cooney should be a top spot-start and in-season injury replacement option in the rotation.
Cooney (forearm) was optioned to Triple-A Columbus as part of the Tribe's first round of spring cuts. The move was just a formality, as the organization's No. 19 prospect is slated to miss another couple of months while recovering from a forearm injury. Cooney had shoulder surgery in the offseason, and this latest ailment is definitely another red flag for the former third-round pick. The left-hander has shown the promise of becoming a big-league starter, but Cooney will need a healthy campaign in the minors before getting bumped up. If anything, he could be in line for a late-season call-up with a chance at a spot start or two.
Cooney (forearm) will miss 10-12 weeks with a strained left forearm, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. This is another unfortunate setback for the southpaw, who missed all of the 2016 campaign with a shoulder injury. He was a long shot to make the big league roster for The Tribe, but now he'll get a late start to the season and will have to work his way back to full strength before he can serve an organizational role.
Cooney, who recently overcame a shoulder injury that caused him to have surgery last year, is dealing with a left forearm problem, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. So far, Cooney's surgically-repaired shoulder has held up well in camp, but now there's a new ailment impeding his progress toward an Opening Day roster spot. There hasn't been much word on the extent of his forearm issue, but any setback for Cooney could see him cut by mid-spring. With 20 pitchers in camp, and only a few bullpen slots left to fill, Cooney could be the first man out when rosters begin to thin in the coming weeks.
Cooney (shoulder) was claimed off waivers by the Indians on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Cooney missed the entirety of the 2016 campaign due to a shoulder injury, but the Indians decided to swipe him up given his strong history of success as a starter. The left-hander posted a 3.16 ERA and a 29:10 K:BB ratio in six starts in the big leagues back in 2015, so if he can get back to full health prior to the start of spring training, Cooney realistically could compete for a rotation spot at the major league level.
Cooney remains on the 7-day DL for Triple-A Memphis, as he is still dealing with shoulder soreness that has kept him sidelined since spring training, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although more details on the injury have not been released and the Cardinals are still calling it soreness, the amount of time Cooney has missed due to this injury is concerning, as we have no idea when he'll be able to pitch again. Cooney made six solid starts for the Cardinals last season, posting a 3.16 ERA, and figured to be one of the first in line to get a major league start in the event the Cardinals needed to recall a starter.