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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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