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Chris Coghlan out a few days with back injury

Jul 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan was knocked out of Saturday’s game against the Nationals after complaining of back pain and striking out twice in three hitless at-bats.  He is not in Sunday’s lineup and, according to’s Joe Frisaro, he might not return for another 3-4 days.

Coghlan won the National League Rookie of the Year Award last season by hitting .321 with a .390 on-base percentage, a .460 slugging percentage, 84 runs scored, 47 RBI and nine home runs.  He’s come nowhere near that kind of success this year and checks in currently with a .263/.326/.383 batting line, five home runs and only 28 RBI in 339 at-bats.  He has no hits in his last 16 at-bats and only three hits in his last 36.

The Marlins are hoping that Coghlan will have a big second half, but he’s shut down for now.

  1. Knight-of-God - Jul 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Cough… fluke…. Cough.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 18, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Nope, he was batting up in the high 300s in late may and June, pulled his average up from the Mendoza line nearly into the 280s before he got hurt, probably toward the latter part of the Feesh’s long road trip that closed out the first half. He’ll be a steady 315.-.325 leadoff or number two hitter who scores a ton of runs within a year or two if he takes care of his injury and doesn’t try to be a hero playing hurt for a team that’s going nowhere with or without him this year.
    From a superficial point of view today’s Team Teal victory over the Gnats looked great but it really wasn’t. I’ll hold off on extended commentary on it till Craig puts up ATH tomorrow morning.

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