Cooper could wind up as the Marlins' primary designated hitter this season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
With Jesus Aguilar getting first crack at the starting first base job and Miami carrying a lot of outfield depth, Cooper's path to playing time this season originally appeared somewhat precarious, but he might be the most comfortable fit at DH while players with better gloves, such as Lewis Brinson, patrol right field. Cooper slashed a solid .281/.344/.446 in 421 plate appearances last year, but he'll need to avoid the injuries that sidelined him at times in 2019 to take full advantage of his opportunities.
Cooper is a candidate to platoon with Matt Joyce in right field once the regular season begins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old is facing competition from Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Harold Ramirez for the role. Cooper put up solid offensive numbers in 2019 when he was healthy, but the rebuilding Marlins may prefer to give a younger player like Brinson another chance to establish themselves.
Cooper (knee) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
A jammed knee forced Cooper from the Marlins' Sept. 13 game and he has not made an appearance since. Earlier this week, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio indicated that while Cooper's injury isn't thought to be serious, he may not be able to return this season. Cooper is looking like one of the few locks for the Marlins' 2020 lineup.
Cooper (knee) remains on the bench Friday against Washington.
A knee issue has now kept Cooper out of action for a week. It's not yet clear when he's expected to return. Lewis Brinson starts in right field in his absence.
Cooper (knee) was sent back to Miami on Monday for further evaluation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper has been battling a knee injury since Friday, and the Marlins have elected to send him for further testing. He seems unlikely to play in Miami's series against Arizona.
Cooper (knee) remains out Monday against Arizona, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper hasn't played since leaving Friday's game against the Giants with a knee injury. Tests revealed no serious injury, but he'll sit for the third game in a row nonetheless. Harold Ramirez gets the start in right field.
Cooper (knee) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Cooper jammed his knee on a diving catch Friday and will be out of the starting nine for the second consecutive game. Jon Berti, Magneuris Sierra and Lewis Brinson will start from left to right in the outfield Sunday.
Cooper (knee) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.
Cooper jammed his knee on a diving catch during the first inning of Friday's game, but tests showed no structural damage, so he should be considered day-to-day ahead of Sunday's series finale. Harold Ramirez will take over in right field as Starlin Castro bats third against Saturday's starter, Madison Bumgarner.
Cooper's left Friday's contest versus the Giants with a knee injury, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Cooper said after the game that he jammed his knee on a diving catch in the first inning. Tests showed no structural damage, which indicates Cooper dodged a more serious injury. He is day-to-day.
Cooper left Friday's game against the Giants due to an undisclosed injury, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Cooper suffered the injury on a diving catch in the outfield, and he was spotted limping off the field shortly after. Harold Ramirez took over in right field.
Cooper is not in Friday's lineup against the Royals.
He is hitting .243 with two home runs over his last 10 games. Neil Walker is starting at first base and hitting cleanup.
Cooper went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and solo homer in a 5-4 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
The first baseman smashed his homer to break a tied game in the 10th. This was his first contest with either two hits or two RBI since Aug. 18; he had only one such performance in August. Cooper is batting .272 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 49 runs in 346 at-bats this season.
Cooper is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.
Cooper is 4-for-29 over his last nine games and will head to the bench in the series opener. Neil Walker will start at first base and bat cleanup in his absence.
Cooper is not in the lineup Saturday against the Phillies.
Cooper has now been absent from the starting lineup in three of the team's past four games. He got off to a slow start in August, going hitless in his first five games. However, he then reached base in 10 of his next 12 starts, making the timing of his removal from the lineup a bit curious. Regardless, Neil Walker will bat second and man first base in his place.
Cooper is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
He will sit for a second game in a row, with Neil Walker getting another start at first base while hitting cleanup. Prior to these two days off, Cooper had started 12 of 13 games. He is hitting .246 with one home run in 61 at-bats this month.
Cooper is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Braves, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
He is hitting .250 with one home run and 20 strikeouts in 60 at-bats this month. Neil Walker will start at first base and bat cleanup.
Cooper went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI in Saturday's 11-4 loss to the Rockies.
The two extra-base hits were a welcome sight for Cooper's fantasy managers, who had watched the 28-year-old deliver only one double and no home runs over the previous 19 contests. The lack of recent power production dropped Cooper's OPS down to .807 for the season, but that figure still is good for first place among Marlins regulars, narrowly beating out Brian Anderson (.805). Cooper will start at first base and bat cleanup in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Cooper isn't in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Cooper took the collar in Game 1 (0-for-4), so he'll retreat to the bench for the nightcap. Martin Prado draws the start at first base and is set to bat seventh in Cooper's stead.
Cooper (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter Saturday in Tampa Bay.
Cooper sat for the last two games with a hamstring issue, though he appeared off the bench in both contests. He's apparently not yet ready to take the field but will bat fifth as the DH on Saturday.
Cooper (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper is still tending to a tight left hamstring, which he suffered while running to first base during an at-bat in Tuesday's 2-1 loss. The Marlins are hopeful that two days out of the lineup plus a team off day Friday will be enough for Cooper to return to action during the two-game set in Tampa Bay over the weekend. Neil Walker will man first base and bat cleanup in the series finale with the Twins.
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