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Marlins send Chris Coghlan down to minors; OF Dewayne Wise takes his spot

TAMPA -- So much for Chris Coghlan's homecoming. 

The Marlins 2009 National League Rookie of the Year was optioned to Triple A New Orleans Friday afternoon, the first time in his career the Marlins have sent him back down to the minors.

Coghlan was replaced on the roster by Dewayne Wise, who was signed to a minor league contract by the Marlins on Wednesday after being released by the Blue Jays earlier this week. 

Wise was with the Marlins in spring training and he hit .250 with two homers and 10 RBI (.304 OBP) in 18 games. A strong defensive outfielder, Wise is a career .222 hitter in eight seasons in the majors.

Coghlan, a Tampa native, was hitting .230 with five homers and 22 RBI in 65 games this season. He had a .296 on base percentage with 49 strikeouts in 269 at-bats. Among everyday leadoff hitters, Coghlan was hitting .236 (second worst behind Rangers' Ian Kinsler) and his on-base percentage was .301 (second only to Oakland's Coco Crisp among worst)

To make room on the 40-man roster for Wise, the Marlins designated left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson for assignment.

We'll have more on this later.