In Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday with the Class AA Jacksonville Suns, first baseman Logan Morrison was monitoring the Marlins’ 20-inning marathon with the New York Mets when he decided to tease Miami manager Mike Redmond.
“I sent Red a text, joking before I knew I was coming off (the disabled list), ‘I guess I’m flying to New York tomorrow to pitch,’ ’’ Morrison said.
It wasn’t much longer when Morrison received word that, yes, the Marlins really did need him Sunday, but not to pitch. Morrison was activated from the 60-day DL, a day earlier than the team planned, because of an injury to outfielder Chris Coghlan.
Coghlan was put on the 15-day DL with what the Marlins called right calf nerve irritation. Coghlan said he expects to have an MRI on Monday.
The Marlins also could get right fielder Giancarlo Stanton back Monday — also earlier than planned — because first baseman Casey Kotchman (sore oblique) isn’t available, Redmond said.
When Stanton returns, right fielder Marcell Ozuna will shift to center field, where Coghlan has played since May 18.
Morrison was in the Marlins’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since July 28. He had two surgeries on his right knee — the first in December 2011 and the second on Sept. 6, 2012 — to repair a torn patella tendon.
“I don’t think its 100 percent, but it’s pretty close and I’m happy with it. Hopefully we can stay away from walls,’’ said Morrison, who said he feels mild discomfort only when stopping suddenly after sprinting.
Morrison admitted that around the time of his second surgery, he wondered if he would ever return.
“The toughest part is the natural doubt that sets in: Can I do this still? Am I going to be able to play? Am I going to be able to compete?’’ he said.
“But once you overcome that doubt, you appreciate it a lot more. It’s like I just got called up again for the first time and I’m excited to go.’’
Morrison went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk in the Marlins’ 8-4 win over the Mets in 10 innings Sunday. His single to lead off the 10th started a four-run inning for Miami.
Coghlan’s DL stint is frustrating because he has been one of the team’s hottest hitters. He hit .322 in May and was 8-for-21 (.381) in five games this month. He said the calf has bothered him for about three weeks.
“I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this opportunity I got, so it sucks even more,” he said.
Kotchman is hitless in 20 at-bats for the Marlins, which breaks Charles Johnson’s record of 19 at-bats without a hit to start a season (1995).