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Chris Coghlan on injury: “My arm is just not ready to go”

Mar 17, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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All offseason I’ve been wondering if the Marlins are nuts for thinking Chris Coghlan can hack it defensively as an everyday center fielder, but it may be a while before we find out.

Coghlan has been sidelined by a inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff and recently suffered a setback, with Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post now reporting that he “might not be ready for Opening Day.”

Here’s what Coghlan said about his current status:

My arm is just not ready to go. I can’t keep going out there and kind of baby-ing my arm. Hopefully it gets better and I’ll be ready to go April 1. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go before then and play the last couple of games with the team. That’s what I want. Time will tell.

In the meantime Coghlan’s only game action will come against minor leaguers and Capozzi reports that he’ll avoid “testing his throwing arm.” So, to any Marlins prospects reading this: Feel free to take that extra base on anything hit to center field!

Capozzi speculates that DeWayne Wise would get the nod in center field if Coghlan begins the season on the disabled, which shows the Marlins’ lack of depth and the risk of trusting that Coghlan can handle center field even setting aside the injury. Wise is a career-long journeyman with a .222 batting average and .260 on-base percentage in 362 games. He’s a much better defender than Coghlan, but overall he’s Triple-A caliber.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Aside from Scrooge McLoria’s self-aggrandizing inclination to penury, nothing has held the Feesh back more tellingly than their insistence on “converting” outfielders to infielders and vice-versa. The team hasn’t had a real third baseman playing third base since Mike Lowell, and Coghlan himself is a former infielder sent to the outfield and now playing on a surgically repaired knee, which was all the justification the Feesh brass needed to spawn rumors this past weenter that he would be “converted” to a third baseman. The Feesh have also been noted for hoarding “utility players,” meaning mediocre at a range of positions – Kindly Uncle Wes Helms and El Bonifacio the Multitasker being the most noteworthy of the current lot. I meesed whatever Coghlan did to his shoulder, although I imagine it must have been difficult to hurt a throwing shoulder while being laid up with a knee injury, but this grapefruit league season has been such a fiasco for the Feesh that the slightly elevated hopes we had for the team following an offseason that saw most of our boolpen arsonists replaced by what now looks like a fresh crop of arsonists have been dissipating fast.

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