The Marlins on Tuesday found out the severity of hot-hitting Chris Coghlan’s injury, and it doesn’t look good.
Coghlan, who’d finally been healthy this year after three consecutive injury-plagued seasons, has a lower back injury that could sideline him “a while,” said manager Mike Redmond, who didn’t feel comfortable estimating when Coghlan might return.
The news came just days after the Marlins activated outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and first basemanLogan Morrison from the disabled list. Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, had an MRI on Monday.
“It’s one thing after another this year,” said Redmond, who added that more tests may be coming for Coghlan. “Everybody’s frustrated, especially Chris.”
Coghlan, 27, played in 51 games this season, batting .277 with 13 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and a .742 OPS in 141 plate appearances.
He played all but one game in the outfield, spending time at all three outfield spots. Coghlan hit .322 in May, becoming a regular on May 18.
The Marlins placed Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list and called the injury “nerve irritation.” Redmond openly doubted Coghlan would return after those 15 days.
“I feel terrible for him because he was patient,” Redmond said. “He didn’t get a ton of chances early and made the most of his playing time. He was probably our best offensive player.”
Alvarez, Eovaldi continue comebacks: Right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi, who are both on the 60-day disabled list with inflamed shoulders, will make minor-league starts Thursday.
Eovaldi, who started 12 games for the Marlins last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal, has made four starts in the minors, two with Jupiter and two with Double-A Jacksonville. He’s 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA.
Alvarez, acquired from Toronto in the Marlins’ 12-player trade last fall, hasn’t made an appearance this season, and will start his rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Jupiter.
Polanco resting: Veteran infielder Placido Polanco (stiff back) will get the next few days off, Redmond said. Polanco, who said it was painful to look down, is only available in emergency situations, and likely won’t return to the lineup before the weekend.