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Champions Make Flurry of Roster Moves

2017 August 22

Ottawa, ON – The OTTAWA CHAMPIONS have signed RHP ANDREW COOPER, activated 1B RICKY OROPESA from the disabled list and released RHP RAYDEL SANCHEZ and IF AUSTIN MARCELLUS.

COOPER, 25, had a 4.58 ERA with 13 strikeouts and eight walks in 17.2 innings pitched over 13 appearances in his second season with Ottawa before suffering perimyocarditis brought on by pneumonia.

The Belle River, ON native had been expected to miss the remainder of the season but will suit up for the final two weeks of the season and potentially the playoffs.

OROPESA, 27, is batting .293 with five homeruns and 38 RBI in 60 games for the Champions in 2017.

The Rancho Cucamonga, CA native was placed on the disabled list on August 4th with a thumb injury.

SANCHEZ, 27, compiled a 1-5 record with a 6.27 ERA in 27 games for Ottawa in 2017, including two starts. He had 35 strikeouts and 17 walks over 47.1 innings.

MARCELLUS, 24, was signed by the Champions on August 8th and appeared in seven games, batting .100 with one RBI in 20 at-bats.

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