Chris Coghlan said he will be examined on Sunday in Texas by spine and back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett, who has treated other athletes, including MLB and NFL players. Coghlan was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the week, but manager Mike Redmond said he would likely be out longer than that after a MRI revealed an unspecified back injury.
There is never a good time for an injury, but Coghlan's comes at a particularly bad time for him and the team. After hitting just .180 with one RBI in April, Coghlan hit .337 with nine RBI in May and June and appeared to be on the comeback trail. Furthermore, with the crowding outfield situation, the Marlins were planning to start working him out at third base this week. Now all that has been put on hold as the Marlins and Coghlan wait to learn more about his lower back problem.
It's an off day today for the Marlins, but not for a couple of injured starting pitchers trying to work their way back to the rotation. Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) will be making what could be his final rehab start tonight for Double A Jacksonville while Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to take the mound for his first rehab outing with Single A Jupiter.