Orioles sign Cooper, health updates on Holliday and Bradfield, notes on tonight's game (and O's lineup)

The Orioles announced today that they signed first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper to a minor league contract. He’ll report to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.

Cooper, 33, appeared in a combined 36 games with the Cubs and Red Sox and batted .206/.267/.299 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs. He’s played for five teams in the majors beginning in 2017 with the Yankees and hit .265/.333/.427 in 517 games.

Cooper was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2022. Three years earlier, he batted .281 with 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .791 OPS in 107 games.

Last season, Cooper hit a combined 17 home runs with 61 RBIs in 123 games between the Marlins and Padres.

The Red Sox acquired Cooper from the Cubs in April for cash considerations and released him 11 days ago.

* Top prospect Jackson Holliday will be reinstated from Norfolk’s injured list today and serve exclusively as the designated hitter for several weeks as part of his rehab progression from elbow inflammation.

Holliday is batting .270/.433/.466 in 50 games with Norfolk, with 16 doubles, seven home runs, 28 RBIs, 54 walks and 54 strikeouts in 245 plate appearances. He hasn't played since June 12.

High-A Aberdeen outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr., last year’s first-round draft pick, has left wrist tendinitis and the Orioles say he will miss several games.

Bradfield has appeared in 51 games with the IronBirds and batted .258/.336/.363 with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs, 15 RBIs, 22 walks, 44 strikeouts and 34 stolen bases in 42 attempts. His most recent game was three days ago.

* The Orioles will try to break a season-long four-game losing streak tonight.

Left-hander Cole Irvin is 6-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.247 WHIP in 14 games (12 starts). He’s made three career appearances against Cleveland and allowed six earned runs and seven total with 13 hits in 12 innings.

The Orioles’ club-record home run streak ended last night at 22 games in a row. The offense has scored four runs in the last three games.

Last night’s loss put the Orioles two games behind the first-place Yankees.

Left-hander Logan Allen was a 16th-round pick of the Orioles in 2017 who chose to attend Florida International University and re-entered the draft, where Cleveland selected him in the second round. He’s 8-3 with a 5.23 ERA and 1.480 WHIP in 15 starts.

Right-handers are hitting .292/.365/.546 against Allen and left-handers are hitting .231/.298/.365.

Allen shut out the Orioles on three hits over seven innings and struck out 10 batters as a rookie in a May 29, 2023 start in Baltimore. Anthony Santander was 2-for-3.

Cleveland has won six games in a row.

For the Orioles

Adley Rutschman DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Gunnar Henderson SS
Jordan Westburg 3B
Austin Hays LF
Jorge Mateo 2B
James McCann C
Colton Cowser CF

Cole Irvin LHP

Rutschman has hit 10 of his 14 home runs off fastballs this season and has a .369 average and .648 slugging.

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