For outfielder Chris Coghlan, nothing has ever come easy. Despite receiving the majority of the playing time in recent weeks, Coghlan felt lucky to earn a roster spot after having to overcome a knee injury that set him back.
"I had to work my way back, there's no doubt," said Coghlan, who is enjoyed his first .300-or- better month at the plate since June 2010, right before he wrecked his knee in a postgame celebration.
For the last month and a half, Coghlan has arguably been one of Miami's most consistent hitters. He has been placed in several different spots in the batting order, including the leadoff spot, where he frequently batted in 2009, the year he earned the National League Rookie of The Year award.
In 51 games, Coghlan is batting .277 with a .326 on-base percentage. Although his average was .321 in '09, he was getting on base at a .390 clip. Coghlan has also driven in 10 runs, matching his RBI total over 39 games last season.
"This year my biomechanics are a lot better," said Coghlan, who spent six weeks during the offseason working on his stroke at Mike Bard's Bardo's Baseball Academy in Denver. "Now my swing's solid again."
After being hurt early last week, according to a report, Coghlan was hopeful that he would be able to return without a stint on the disabled list. However, the Marlins announced on Sunday morning that Coghlan was placed on the DL with right calf nerve irritation. Despite being hurt, Coghlan played eight of 20 innings in center field on Saturday.
In the corresponding move, the Marlins reinstated first baseman Logan Morrison from the 60-day disabled list. Morrison hit just .179 during a rehab assignment that included 16 games.
Morrison was expected to be activated on Monday, as was right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, Coghlan's injury gave the Marlins the opportunity to activate Morrison without having to demote or designate a player for assignment.
Miami can only hope that despite coming back from a knee injury, Morrison will be as productive as he was during his rookie campaign. In 2010, he batted .283 and drove in 18 runs while getting on base at a .390 clip.
Stanton is expected to rejoin the team towards the end of the week. The goal was to have him ready for Monday, like Morrison, however delays and other complications have limited his at-bats in the minor leagues.