Cooper is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Cooper started all 11 games since being activated off the injured list May 11, and is slashing .233/.313/.372 with two home runs in that stretch. Curtis Granderson, Harold Ramirez and Austin Dean represent the starting outfield from right to left for the Marlins on Sunday.
Cooper went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Thursday's win over the Tigers. Just one night after he connected on his first big-league homer, Cooper topped himself with a game-winning blast off Detroit closer Shane Greene in the top of the ninth inning. Despite the power surge, Cooper is still only slashing .171/.277/.317 through 13 games on the season, but he figures to remain a fixture in the Miami lineup for the time being.
Cooper went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Tigers. His sixth-inning shot off Daniel Norris not only sparked a Marlins rally from a 3-0 deficit, it was Cooper's first career homer in the majors. The 28-year-old was making his eighth straight start in right field, but his .214 average (6-for-28) and 4:9 BB:K over that stretch don't give him a lot of job security.
Cooper (hand) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday. Cooper will hope his latest return from the injured list goes better than the previous one, when he appeared in just one game before bruising his hand. He'll head straight into the starting lineup Saturday, batting fifth and playing right field against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Peter O'Brien (ribs) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Cooper (hand) will take his rehab assignment to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Cooper began his minor-league stint with High-A Jupiter on Wednesday, and he's evidently feeling healthy enough to advance to a higher level of competition. A concrete timetable for his return has yet to be revealed, but it would appear as though he's closing in on his activation from the injured list.
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