By The Associated Press
MIAMI — The Marlins are optimistic that former Ole Miss Rebel Chris Coghlan will return to the team this season, after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during a bizarre accident last month.
Coghlan hurt himself July 25 while delivering a pie to the face of teammate Wes Helms after a 5-4 win over Atlanta. He’s been on the disabled list since the incident.
Following a doctor’s evaluation Tuesday evening, manager Edwin Rodriguez said that Coghlan does not need immediate surgery but he might need it in the offseason.
“It’s still weak,” he said Wednesday. “Right now there is no pain, so that’s a good sign.”
Rodriguez is optimistic Coghlan will be able to return to the team at some point this season. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year was hitting .268 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 91 games as the team’s left fielder.
“If I have to put a percentage on it, I would say 70 percent that he will be able to play this year,” Rodriguez said. “When, I have no idea.”
If he does return to the lineup, Coghlan is expected to move to third base with Jorge Cantu being traded to Texas and rookie Logan Morrison in left field.
“Putting a grade on him as a third baseman wouldn’t be fair because he wasn’t a full-time third baseman (in the minors), but I think he is going to be just fine,” Rodriguez said.