JUPITER -- Good morning from foggy Jupiter, where I just met up with Chris Coghlan as he emerged from the batting cage and asked him about his status. The latest: he'll be playing in another minor league game this afternoon instead of standing on the field at Roger Dean Stadium with the big boys.
Because of what he described as a "hiccup" with his sore throwing shoulder, Coghlan didn't play Wednesday in a minor league game as scheduled and won't be in the lineup -- as was also previously anticipated -- for this afternoon's game against the Red Sox.
"It was just a little hiccup," Coghlan said.
Coghlan said he was performing throwing drills before Wednesday's minor league game when he noticed something wasn't quite right with his right shoulder.
"It was a heavy workload -- cuts and relays -- and then i went to the minor league field and threw some more," he said. "I was long tossing, and when it was time to try it, it was just a little hiccup. I don't think it's a major setback where I don't think I'll be ready (for Opening Day)."
If Coghlan doesn't play in any of the remaining Grapefruit League games, the Marlins can place him on the disabled list retroactive to March 22 and bring him back on April 7.
Coghlan still believes he'll be fine by then, but time is growing short.
"They (the coaching staff) have reiterated to me that the only way I'm going out there (to play in big league games) is if they feel I'm ready to play to start the season," Coghlan said. "They're protecting me in that sense, and I'm just listening to what they say."