The Miami Marlins may have to shut Garrett Cooper down for the season after a setback he sustained at Class-A Jupiter.
The news wasn’t good for the Miami Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper. After joining Class-A Jupiter on a rehab assignment, the outfielder sustained a setback to a wrist injury that could shut him down for the remained of the 2018 season.
It was the hope of the franchise that Cooper would join the parent club when the Marlins expanded their roster later this week.
He and Lewis Brinson, who has been rehabbing at Double-A Jacksonville, would be part of the team’s plans for the final month of the season.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Cooper aggravated his right wrist while playing left field for the Hammerheads, and the 27-year-old rookie is scheduled to be examined by a hand specialist in the upcoming days."
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Its an injury Cooper has been dealing with since being hit by a pitch in the second game of the Major League season when the Marlins hosted the Chicago Cubs.
Cooper opened this season as Miami’s right fielder but was struck on the wrist the next day by a Kyle Hendricks pitch. That sent the 27-year-old to the disabled list.
"“For him, probably in his mind, it’s probably a wasted year,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. “He had a chance to make the club, show what he can do at the big league level. We were hoping for extended at-bats. He didn’t really get a chance to do any of that.”"
The Marlins have shuffled outfielders in and out of the lineup and Major League roster this season. While having Cooper in the dugout to get more at-bats, this could also open the door for another minor leaguer to audition for 2019.
Cooper has been placed on the disabled list by the team twice this season. He has appeared in 14 games with the Marlins, with a .212 batting average with one double and two RBIs in 33 at-bats.
He was acquired from the New York Yankees this offseason with pitcher Caleb Smith, who is also on the disabled list and was lost for the year.
The team is looking at this as a long-term solution, allowing him to rest and have the wrist completely healed heading into Spring Training.
"“You can’t look at it as a wall,” Mattingly said. “It’s a speed bump. You’ve got to go over it. That’s what you’ve got to do to accomplish something. You don’t let anything stand in your way. It would be, ‘Get back on track, and go ahead.'”"