Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday that Cooper will likely see time in left or right field in addition to first base during spring training, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
If Cooper proves capable of manning either corner-outfield spot in spring camp, it would improve his odds of breaking camp with the big club, as the Marlins likely wouldn't be eager to keep a bench spot open for a player who can only man first base. In any event, Cooper still projects to see most of his action at first base this season, likely on the short side of a platoon with Justin Bour. The 27-year-old slashed an astounding .359/.425/.634 across 350 plate appearances in the minors last season and found success in a small sample of at-bats with the Yankees, so he could make for an interesting late-round dart in NL-only leagues.
Cooper opened the 2017 season in the Brewers organization, where he was playing at Triple-A Colorado Springs. After being acquired by the Yankees, he played 13 games with the big club. During his major league debut he went 14-for-43 (.326) at the dish and posted an .821 OPS.
Cooper (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday and subsequently optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Cooper was placed on the disabled list in mid-August with left hamstring tendinitis. After completing his rehab assignment, he'll join the Triple-A squad for the time being, surely with his sights set on rejoining the Yankees later in the regular season.
Cooper (hamstring) will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
Cooper was able to go through agility drills on the field over the weekend, then the plan for his rehab assignment was laid out. That plan includes at least two starts at DH before he gets a start in the field for the Triple-A squad. The 26-year-old landed on the DL over a week ago with left hamstring tendinitis, but at this point a return in early September looks realistic.
Cooper was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with left hamstring tendinitis.
It's unclear when the injury cropped up on Cooper, but it could help explain the 0-for-6 stint over his last two games after he went 8-for-12 (.667) in his first three games of August. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined, but he'll be eligible to return Aug. 27 should he be ready. In the meantime, Tyler Austin was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place on the active roster, and will likely serve as the backup first baseman to Chase Headley for the time being. With Greg Bird (ankle) expected to return from the disabled list next week, Cooper's role when he is activated remains up in the air, but his playing time will likely take a big hit.
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