Saturday, May 7, 2016

Injury - Eric Cooper Out 10-14 Days with Tendon Strain

Eric Cooper is out 10-14 days with a foot injury sustained during Friday night's Brewers-Reds game. With none out and one on in the top of the 9th inning, Brewers baserunner R1 Jonathan Villar was picked off and caught stealing second base on Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani's throw to Joey Votto.

In his attempt to avoid Villar during the ensuing rundown, Cooper jumped back awkwardly on his right foot; after a brief injury delay during which Cooper retired to the umpire's dressing room, the game concluded with the three-person crew of Gary Cederstrom (HP), Jim Wolf (1B, from 2B) and Adrian Johnson (3B).

Sean Barber was called upon to fill-in for Cooper on Saturday, serving as the first base umpire with Wolf behind the dish. Barber last worked MLB on Thursday with Rob Drake, Cory Blaser, and Sam Holbrook in Toronto and had been sent down on Friday, as Carlos Torres took over on interim chief Holbrook's crew in Atlanta. As a rover not assigned to a regular International League crew, Barber officiated with AAA's Jeremy Riggs, John Bacon and James Rackley during Friday's Louisville Bats-Indianapolis Indians game. Riggs, Bacon and Rackley returned to a three-umpire configuration on Saturday.

Video: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds, 5/6/16 (Condensed Game; Cooper Injury at 12:05)


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