The Marlins activated Cooper from the injured list while the Reds recalled SS José Barrero from Triple-A Louisville. With his call-up Wednesday, Barrero became the 31st Cuban player to appear for a major league team this season, surpassing the previous high in the history of the Caribbean nation.
“I’m extremely honored to become the 31st and also very fortunate to represent our country in the major leagues,” Barrero said in Spanish.
Mattingly warmly remembered the years he became close to Vin Scully. The Hall of Fame broadcaster, who called Los Angeles Dodgers’ games 67 years, died Tuesday. Before joining the Marlins in 2016, Mattingly managed the Dodgers for five seasons.
“Vin was, in a sense, an artist with the way he painted the game and sculpted your view of watching a game or hearing a game,” Mattingly said. “I was very fortunate to get a few little moments with him where we could talk about anything when you have that 20-minute bus ride.”
Reds: The return of C Aramis García will be delayed after an MRI revealed a fracture of his bruised left middle finger.
Marlins: OF Avisaíl García (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. García exited in the third inning Tuesday.
Neither club has announced the starter for the opener of its next series. The Reds will continue their 10-game road trip Friday at Milwaukee, while the Marlins begin a three-game set Friday at the Chicago Cubs.