For Chris Coghlan winning the National League Rookie of the Month award for August on Thursday was "cool." But getting to slam a shaving cream pie in the face of teammate Wes Helms after Wednesday night's walk-off home run to beat the Braves was "priceless."
"That was one of the coolest moments I've had in professional baseball," said Coghlan, who tag-teammed with outfield Brett Carroll to ambush Helms after his solo blast in the ninth lifted the Marlins to an 8-7 win. "I would rather him hit a home run and me hit him with shaving cream than me hitting a walkoff home run. Dead honest. Uncle Wes gives us such a hard time all the time... I don't know if we could do it again [because I'm a rookie]. But the one time -- it was special and it was great."
Coghlan was pretty special in August. He established a team record with 47 hits in 28 games and became only the second rookie in the last 60 years to record at least 47 hits in a month. He it .385 with 21 runs scored, four homers, 18 RBI, six doubles, three triples, became the sixth Marlin to earn Rookie of the Month honors and first since Anibal Sanchez won it in September 2006, the same month he tossed his no-hitter.
"It's cool to know you're able to help the team out -- that's what it's all about," the 24-year old former 36th overall pick in the 2006 draft said. "It's an individual accomplishment. Those are things at the end of the year you can look at and realize what you've done well."
Coghlan entered Thursday's game leading all major league rookies in batting average (.302), hits (114) and multi-hit games (33). While Philadelphia's J.A. Happ and Atlanta's Tommy Hanson are considered front-runners to win the NL Rookie of the Year award, manager Fredi Gonzalez believes Coghlan has played his way into the argument.
As a leadoff hitter, Coghlan's .318 average ranks third only to Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (.361) and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (.333) in all of baseball.
"The month he had in August was for the record books," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, he has a good month like August in September and he can pass those guys."
UGGLA REACHES HISTORIC HR MARK: Lost amid the drama of his pregame spat with infield partner Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla became the first second baseman to begin his career with four consecutive 25-home run seasons Wednesday. Only Ryan Sandberg (1989-92) and Alfonso Soriano (2002-2005) have ever hit at least 25 home runs in four consecutive seasons.
"I just noticed it when I was at home watching ESPN," Uggla said. "It's crazy. Anytime something like that happens with my name in it, it's kind of surreal a little bit, but definitely cool. "I look at all the guys that have played the position over the years -- Ryan Sandberg, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Joe Morgan. It's surreal."
As for his riff with Ramirez, Uggla said it ended Wednesday in the clubhouse. "Ever since we got everything out in the open, we're fine," Uggla said. "I'm fine. Whatever."
Ramirez declined interview requests and remained alone at his locker watching Scarface with a set of headphones on while reporters were in the Marlins clubhouse.
• Gonzalez said Ramirez told him Thursday his tight left hamstring "feels better." Ramirez was unable to take ground balls at Land Shark Stadium with a steady rain Thursday afternoon.
DINGS AND DENTS: The Marlins recalled first baseman Nick Johnson and selected the contract of shortstop Andy Gonzalez from Triple A New Orleans and immediately placed them in the lineup.
Fredi Gonzalez said Johnson, who has not played since suffering a right hamstring injury in the first game of a double-header against Colorado Aug. 16, will be monitored closely.
"Late in games we'll pinch run for him if we need to," Gonzalez said. "We'll see how long we can go with him. Maybe after two or three days we'll give him a breather and let him work himself back into feeling good about that leg."
Johnson, who played in two games at Single A Jupiter and went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts, said he was able to turn a double play Wednesday night -- enough to give him the confidence he could return to the Marlins.
"I'll have to deal with it," Johnson said. "It's not 100 percent. But they told me it wasn't going to be for awhile. I think I'm at a point where I'm able to go and I just have to be smart when I'm out there and not push it and stick to the speed to the have and go from there."
• Gonzalez said the Marlins decided to add more help at shortstop after Emilio Bonifacio was hit by a pitch in his right shin Wednesday night.
• Left-hander Andrew Miller tossed six scoreless innings for Triple A New Orleans Wednesday in his first minor league start in more than a month. Gonzalez said Miller, who suffered an ankle injury in the minors, could join the Marlins this weekend in Washington.
• Right fielder Jeremy Hermida (right rib strain) will be given a couple days off before being reevaluated.