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Chris Coghlan suffers setback rehabbing knee injury in minors

Jul 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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Chris Coghlan‘s rehab assignment at Double-A has been put on hold because of more knee problems, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Spencer that Coghlan’s “knee stiffened up a bit” and the Marlins “want to back him off and get it completely healthy.”

Coghlan has been out since June 17, with the disabled list stint nullifying an old fashioned demotion to Triple-A, and last week the Marlins indicated that the former Rookie of the Year would remain in the minors even once he’s healthy.

Unfortunately now that may be a while, as he’s slated to undergo further testing on an injury that dates back to last season when, as Spencer puts it, “Coghlan injured the knee when he smacked Wes Helms in the face with a shaving cream pie to celebrate a walk-off win.” Surgery followed in August and Coghlan hasn’t been right since.

Mike Cameron has taken over as Florida’s regular center fielder, but is just 4-for-24 (.167) through eight games after hitting .149 in 33 games for the Red Sox. He has, however, avoided any shaving cream pie-related injuries. So far.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    What a mess. If BC were still around – and I wish he were – he would doubtless remember a terrific Mutts prospect from the 1970s named Mike Vail, who started off like gangbusters, screwed up his leg in a pickup basketball game, and disappeared off the radar. But all things considered, Coghlan’s injury shouldn’t be so intractable. Beinfest’s decision to back off and let the doctors deal with this is an unusually wise decision for the upper-tier Feesh mismanagement corps of late.

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