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Chris Coghlan sees spine specialist, won’t need surgery

Jun 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Chris Coghlan AP

Chris Coghlan was examined by a spine specialist Monday and Tyler Emerick of reports that the Marlins outfielder has been advised to rest his injured back rather than undergo surgery.

After back-to-back terrible seasons the former Rookie of the Year winner was hitting .277 with a .742 OPS in 51 games to reestablish himself as a useful player when he was shut down on June 9.

There’s no timetable for his return, but the injury may mean a fourth straight season with fewer than 100 games played in the majors for Coghlan, who hit .321 in 128 games as a rookie in 2009.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Actually, Coghlan was hitting well up in the high .300s during the two weeks or so before he got hurt again. After a long slog buried in AAA he had found his timing and his stroke. This was the worst possible time for this to happen to him. Hope the guy recovers and comes back and reestablishes his career.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Hitting a baseball consistently well is the #2 most difficult thing to do in sports. The #1 most difficult thing is hitting a baseball consistently well with a bad back.

    Hope the guy heals up.

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