Manager Edwin Rodriguez says he wants to be extra-careful with Chris Coghlan and it "might take three to four days" before he's able to play. Coghlan left Saturday's game with a bad back, and while no MRI has been taken yet, Rodriguez didn't rule out the possibility of Coghlan going on the DL if the inflammation hasn't subsided within a few days. On the other hand, Rodriguez said there's also an outside chance that Coghlan could be available to pinch-hit Monday.
Coghlan believes he strained his back when he made a diving catch on Friday. He suffered a similar injury in April when he made a diving catch on the warning track. But Rodriguez said he doesn't want Coghlan to change his style of play. "You want him to be aggressive and you don't want to take that aggressiveness away," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said he had an interesting exchange with Coghlan Saturday night. "He came into my office and he asked me why I took him out," Rodriguez recalled of the conversation. "I said it was obvious you were hurt.' He said, 'Okay, I just want to make sure it wasn't because I was 0 for 20 or whatever.' I said uh-uh."
Coghlan is 0 for his last 16 and 3 for his past 36 at the plate.
"I was thinking about that, too," Rodriguez confided to reporters.
With Coghlan out, Emilio Bonifacio will start in left and bat leadoff. Rodriguez said Bonifacio is "average" defensively in the outfield. The manager said he prefers keeping Cody Ross in center over Bonifacio.
MINE! MINE! MINE!...Rodriguez blamed everyone -- third baseman Jorge Cantu, catcher Ronny Paulino and pitcher Clay Hensley -- on the foul pop that nobody laid a glove on in Saturday's eighth inning. Somebody, Rodriguez said, should have taken charge. "All three were wrong," Rodriguez said. With Hensley on the mound and a man on first, Josh Willingham skied a foul pop about halfway down the line between home and third. Cantu and Paulino converged on the ball, but merely watched as it fell to the ground in foul territory. Fortunately for Hensley and the Marlins, Willingham lofted a lazy fly ball to center on the next pitch that was caught for the first out of the inning.
PETERSEN RETURNS....The Marlins recalled outfielder Bryan Petersen on Sunday to replace Mike Lamb, who was designated for assignment. Rodriguez said Petersen would come off the bench as the Marlins' four outfielder and probably would not see starting time. Petersen was up earlier in the season with the Marlins and went 1 for 16, including 1 for 10 as a pinch-hitter.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, lf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b: 5. Jorge Cantu, 3b: 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Alex Sanabia.
Nationals: 1. Nyjer Morgan, cf; 2. Cristian Guzman, ss; 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b; 4. Adam Dunn, 1b: 5. Josh Willingham, lf; 6. Roger Bernadina, rf; 7. Adam Kennedy, 2b: 8. Wil Nieves, c; 9. Craig Stammen, p.
Umpires: HP -- Dan Bellino; 1B -- Tony Randazzo; 2B -- Brian Gorman; 3B -- Paul Nauert.