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Back injury could extend Chris Coghlan's time on DL

Chris Coghlan has a lower back injury that could keep him on the disabled list beyond the 15 days, according to manager Mike Redmond. A MRI on Monday revealed the injury, which was originally thought to be related to his right calf, is instead centered on his lower back. Redmond said he wasn't positive about the specific nature of the injury, other than it is some kind of strain.

"It's his lower back and he's going to be out a while," Redmond said.

Asked if that meant Coghlan wouldn't be ready to come off the DL after the 15 days are up, Redmond replied: "Probably. I feel terrible for him. He was red-hot, probably our best offensive player. Everybody's frustrated, especially him, with how far he's come and the kind of year he was putting together. It's been one thing after another this year. We get a couple of guys back and lose a couple of guys."

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Coghlan isn't the only Marlin with back issues. Placido Polanco is dealing with a lower back strain that led to his removal from last night's game and has him sitting on the bench tonight. Ed Lucas is starting at third base.

Polanco did not injure his troublesome back when he fell over a dugout rail going for a foul ball. Instead, he said he was dealing with soreness before the game even started and was trying to play through it. He is expected to miss Wednesday's game as well, but is expected back Friday after Thursday's day off.

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Add the San Francisco Giants to the list of teams that are reportedly interested in Ricky Nolasco. Be prepared for the Nolasco rumors to gain momentum here in the coming few weeks as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. The Orioles and Yankees are supposedly interested, as well.

"It's out of my control," Nolasco said. "I'm a very big believer in worrying only about things I can control. Obviously I think about it, but I"m not going to drive myself crazy because it's not up to me."

There is little doubt Nolasco will be traded, however. And wherever he goes will likely only be for a couple of months, as he is eligible for free agency after the season.

"It is going to be weird because this is all I know," Nolasco said. "But it's part of the game. I'll adapt to wherever I go."

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Lineups:

Marlins: 1. Pierre, lf; 2. Lucas, 3b; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Ozuna, cf; 5. Morrison, 1b; 6. Dietrich, 2b; 7. Hechavarria, ss; 8. Mathis, c; 9. Turner, p.

Brewers: 1. Aoki, rf; 2. Segura, ss; 3. Gomez, cf; 4. Ramirez, 3b; 5. Lucroy, c; 6. Schafer, lf; 7. Weeks, 2b; 8. Betancourt, 1b; 9. Peralta, p.

 

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Ac U. Puncture

Polanco should just go home,lie down and watch the game on TV

spitballer

Coghlan can pretty much say adios to playing for the Marlins.....there is another young player eager to take your place.

Stan M

Spitballer, Coghlan is only 27.He is in the age range when the stat heads predict possible break out seasons.
He plays hard and has reportedly changed his personality. Yes, we should play the kids whenever possible, you are right. However, he is now a veteran who can play many positions and hits well. Furthermore, he is not excessively expensive. Would you rather have him or Ruggiano as a 4th outfielder? The development of Keys could throw a monkey wrench into the Marlin OF picture. Granted it's a nice monkey wench. Toward the end of next year this team will be trying to balance Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich, Coghlan, Marisnick, Keys, and Ruggiano. Who goes, and better yet, for whom? Where will this team be weak at that time. I'd say a RH catcher and relief pitchers. I'd hate to see Stanton moved for prospects who are no better than what we now have. No matter what the future has in store, some of those outfielders have to be moved. It will be an interesting year to be a Marlin fan, and the remainder of this year has the potential to be very interesting as well.

hope and prayers

Nolasco will be better off no matter where he gets traded to. I think many will agree and wish him the best. The current Marlins team is a AA/AAA team trying to become a Major League Team. The young kids and the not so young Lucas, play hard and I hope they improve quickly. Lucas has to be a "keeper". He has done everything right.

nospeekyspanni

worried about next year? HaHaHaHaHaHa

Stan M

Both the Giants and Yankees have expressed interest in Nolasco. Both of these teams are currently shorthanded at 3B with the Baby Panda and Youkalis hurt. Wouldn't it be nice if the Marlins could package Polanco along with Nolasco in a trade to either of them.

On more than one occasion I've speculated that Marisnick will need a lot more seasoning in the minors. Lately he is proving me wrong. He's hitting over .300 with an OBP over .400 over his past ten games and that doesn't include the night he hit 2 grand slams and knocked in 9 runs. Keep it up, Jake, I'd love to be wrong even if it is the first time in my entire life.

DeSciafani could make that Toronto trade a success all by himself. He's now listed in the team's top 20 prospects. In his last start a couple of nights ago he went 6 innings, gave up 2 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 9. He's now in AA ball and 22 years old. Keep an eye on him, there's a lot there to like.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

tell us about next years draft

Flav C.

Stan,

DeSclafani is playing A+ ball, not AA (he's in Jupiter). One thing he has going very positively for him is that he's faced a lot of left-hitters (more than the other starters), and he pretty much dominates them with his slider. Gatornation loves the kid.

Nicolino has been dominating A+ ball along with DeSclafani, so if you put them together, looks like the Marlins got themselves a good deal.

Look for Nick Wittgren being called up to JAX (AA ball) very soon. Best reliever in the FSL.

Stan M

Thanks for correction, Flav. Heaney seems to be looking pretty good on that team as well.

Stan M

Jim Bowden ranked his ML rookies. Here's what he had to say about Ozuna and Fernandez:

6. Marcell Ozuna | OF | Stock: Up

The Marlins made a bold move when they purchased Ozuna's contract from their Class AA affiliate after Giancarlo Stanton went down with an injury April 29. At the time, team president Larry Beinfest acknowledged Ozuna “probably wasn’t ready,” but the team had no choice because of need. Ozuna took advantage of the opportunity and not only proved he was ready but has shown he’s one of the best hitters in this rookie class. Ozuna, 22, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He’s presently hitting an impressive .331/.371/.472 with 13 doubles, two triples, one home run and 17 RBIs. The Marlins moved him from right field to center field this week to make room for Giancarlo Stanton, who was reinstated from the disabled list on Monday. Ozuna’s quick bat speed should result in more home runs in the second half.

7. Jose Fernandez | RHP | Stock: Up

After watching Fernandez pitch, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon told me he thought Fernandez was the best pitcher he’s ever seen at this age. He also said: “If [Fernandez] stays in good health, over the next five years he could become the best pitcher in the game, that’s how friggin’ good he is.” Fernandez has kept the Marlins in most of the games he’s started, with a 94-97 mph fastball and a late-breaking curve ball that’s hard but not a deep break. His slider and change still are developing. Despite his overwhelmingly nasty stuff, Fernandez’s pitch selection has been predictable early on, one reason why he hasn’t been completely dominating.

rbleigh

If only Loria wasn't the owner I'd have higher hopes for the youthful talent. Its a shame the guy just doesn't get it. And he wants to be Steinbrenner, go figure.

Lou

The one glaring thing about Polanco is the shrinking of his head. His forehead when he played for the Tigers was the size of Mt. Sinai Hospital, now all of a sudden his head looks normal. Look at some pictures when he played for Detroit. Very Strange!!! His head was bigger than Bonds.

smith&wessonoil

A little head is going to make you play any better, but it might help you enjoy the game.

smith&wessonoil

I meant to say a little head ISN'T going to make you play any better.

Stan M

s & w, very good, I'll remember that. As they say, "To err is human, but it feels divine,"

Eightball Cueball

Polancos eighthead returned to a forehead after he stopped getting Biogenesis deliveries from his compadres

Kevin

Why was Lucas never called up to the Majors before this year?
He plays and acts like a professional. Every team needs a good bench/utility player and he has been a very nice addition. Keep him.

Stan M

Kevin, you make an excellent point. We've seen enough of the Nick Greens of the world, and Polanco has proven to be a major mistake. But this Lucas guy looks good in the field wherever he is played, and although he won't always hit like this, he has demonstrated that he is not overmatched by ML pitching. As I said a couple of days ago, both he and Valaika would be my choices as extra infielders. And I like both over Salerno.

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