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Miami Marlins lose versatile, power-hitting rookie for the second time this season

Miami Marlins left fielder Garrett Cooper hits a single during the twelfth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Miami Marlins left fielder Garrett Cooper hits a single during the twelfth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

The Marlins will again have to wait to get a good look at what Garrett Cooper can do.

Cooper, the Marlins’ 27-year-old rookie first baseman/outfielder, will be placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his right wrist over the weekend in Tampa Bay.

Cooper underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a right wrist sprain and was scheduled to see a hand specialist later in the day. The Marlins did not immediately have an exact timetable for how long they expect Cooper to be out.

The Marlins announced after the game they will recall outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra, who was acquired in the offseason trade with the Cardinals for Marcell Ozuna, from Triple A New Orleans.

Cooper suffered a partial tear of the tendon sheath of his right wrist in late March, which sidelined him for three months.

Cooper did not play in the Marlins’ past two games Saturday and Sunday in Tampa Bay, but completed Friday’s game after switching from first base to left field in the ninth inning.

“We saw that play [on Friday] where he made it almost behind him and he kind of jammed it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ll see after he sees the specialist what kind of time frame we’re looking at.”

Cooper, who the Marlins acquired in a trade with the New York Yankees in the offseason, has been limited to only 14 games this season.

Since his return to action on July 6th, Cooper appeared in 10 games and started seven of them. He started three games each at left field and first base and made one start in right field where he started on Opening Day.

Because of the injury, Cooper has barely had time to get into any sort of rhythm at the plate. He hit .231 (6 of 26) since coming off the DL and is hitting .212 for the season.

Miami Marlins' Garrett Cooper talks about getting opportunity to start in right field on Opening Day, March 29, 2018.

Cooper has yet to hit a home run in the majors, but has shown power potential in the minors hitting 18 homers combined at the Double A and Triple A levels in 2017 for the Yankees. Cooper has hit 46 overall home runs in the minors since starting his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2013 out of Auburn University.

“It’s hard to judge with just a few games,” Mattingly said. “We were looking forward to seeing him play on a regular basis.”

Mattingly said whoever the Marlins call up among their position players in the minors to make up for Cooper’s absence would depend on the status of that player’s development.

With Lewis Brinson on the disabled list, the Marlins’ outfield has Cameron Maybin, Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich. Yadiel Rivera can play all three outfield positions, but does not have extensive experience.

Adding Sierra, who was on the 40-man roster, gives the team another look at one of their top prospects.

Both have dealt with injuries this year and neither is putting up great numbers at the plate in the minors.

The speedy Sierra, the Marlins’ No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is slashing .260/.287/.341 this season at New Orleans. Sierra would make his Marlins’ debut, but played in 22 games in the majors last season for the Cardinals hitting .317 with 19 hits (all singles) in 60 at-bats.

INJURY UPDATES

Top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara (right axillary infection) pitched two innings at Single A Jupiter on Monday night. Alcantara gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk and struck out two. He threw 47 pitches.

Rookie reliever Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) has begun a rehab assignment at Double A Jacksonville and will pitch again Tuesday.

COMING UP

Tuesday: Miami Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-7, 5.75 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.00), 12:15 p.m., Marlins Park.

Wednesday: OFF.

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