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Coghlan "not sure" if he'll return this season

Chris Coghlan got a third opinion on the torn meniscus in his left knee Tuesday night, and although the Marlins are hopeful the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year will be able to return before the end of this season, he said Wednesday he isn't sure if he will.

Chris Coghlan "I don't have an answer for that," Coghlan said about an hour before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies. "I'm trying [to come back]. All I can say is I would have had surgery right away if there wasn't the possibility of me being able to come back.

"I still have a tear. I still have to have surgery. It's just a matter of when."

The Marlins are hoping that's in November. Coghlan, who injured himself while celebrating a walk-off win by the Marlins on July 25, said he'll see another doctor Friday when he hopes to have a better idea as to when he might be able to begin baseball activities. In the meantime, he continues to go through physical therapy after first being given the green light to begin walking again on Sunday. Coghlan said he's doing three-quarter squats without weights, running in the pool and biking.

Coghlan said doctors have told him he'll be out six to eight months once he has the surgery. But he thinks the timetable will be shorter -- roughly four to six months.

"It's going to be a process," Coghlan said. "It's not like I can go wake up and play on a torn meniscus. I'm going through that process now. It's a lateral meniscus medium tear. Each day it gets better and I'm going through the rehab. Not being able to walk on it for a week, I lost my muscles around my knee. My quad is definitely not as strong as it once was, my hamstrings. Now we're in the process of trying to build those muscles up so they can support the tear."

Once he does return, Coghlan will begin working immediately at third base. It's a position Coghlan said he hasn't played full-time at since he played 28 games for Single A Jamestown in 2006. Before the Marlins called him up last season, Coghlan said he played "maybe 5 or 6 games at third."

"I haven't even thought about," Coghlan said when asked about a move to third. "I don't even a glove for that right now."