The Cleveland Indians started their winter shopping trip in Florida by re-signing first baseman David Cooper, the team announced on Monday.
Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008, Cooper played in 72 games for the big-league club in 2011 and 2012.
Cooper injured his back while diving back to first base in August 2012. The Jays released him in March of this year.
One month later, Cooper had two titanium screws and plate surgically implanted into his back. The Indians signed him on Aug. 13, and he played for three weeks in the Tribe’s minor league system.
The Indians released him after deciding not to call him up for the playoff run, but he is back with the club to compete for at-bats at designated hitter and off the bench, according to general manager Chris Antonetti.
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