"You would like to have him back," said Ventura of the effect caused by Cooper's absence over 13 games, non-consecutively. "I don't know if it's 16 runs worth, but we'd like to have him back and be here working. I'd like to have him here. He would like to be here. Pitchers would like him to be here. But I don't think it's 16 runs worth.
"He's just not feeling any better. It wouldn't do him any good to get him on a plane. The doctors have basically said 'Don't fly. That would be the worst thing you could do right now.' Just be here, get some treatment and figure out what's going on."
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