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Tribe signs former No. 1 pick, might be September call-up

By Sheldon Ocker Published: August 13, 2013

  MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians signed 26-year-old free agent first baseman David Cooper to a minor-league contract and sent him to their facility in Goodyear, Ariz..

 Cooper was the Blue Jays' first-round pick in the 2008 draft  who made it to the big leagues in 2011, batting .211 in 71 at-bats.

In 2012, he batted .300 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in 140 at-bats, but his season ended in August because of a back injury that required surgery in April  of this year. A month before the operation, he was released by Toronto.

Cooper has not played since the surgery.

""He's a kid that got called up when he was really young, 21,and never put it together,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''We wanted to sign him now and let him play for three weeks then see if it's a possibility (bringing him to the big leagues).''

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