Yankees first basemen currently rank second to last in the Majors in OPS with a .620 mark, mostly thanks to a slew of injuries to Opening Day starter Greg Bird and a rough campaign by the now-released Chris Carter.
With Bird’s health for the rest of 2017 in doubt, Cooper represents insurance at first base for the Yankees and potentially the eighth different player to get a start at the position for New York.
Webb, 26, was selected by the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft during the offseason but was returned to the Yankees before Opening Day. After posting a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Webb made his Major League debut with the Yankees on June 24. He allowed three earned runs in six innings with New York, striking out five. His assignment has yet to be determined.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.