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Brian Flynn likely to make MLB debut at Wrigley; Chris Coghlan "back to square one"

ATLANTA -- All signs are pointing to Brian Flynn making his major league debut Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The 23-year-old lefty was one of three players -- along with Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly -- the Marlins obtained from Detroit last year for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.

Flynn has spent most of the season at Triple A New Orleans, where he went 6-11 with a 2.80 ERA in 23 starts. He also made four starts at Double A Jacksonville, where he was 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA. A 7th-round draft pick for the Tigers in 2011 out of Wichita State, Flynn is listed by MLB.com as the Marlins' ninth-ranked prospect.

Though he hasn't garnered as much fanfare as some of the Marlins' other top pitching prospects, such as Andrew Heaney and Justin Niccolino, Flynn has more than held his own during his three seasons in the minors, going 25-19 with a 3.29 ERA while striking out 323 and walking 113 in 380 2/3 total innings.

Jose Fernandez was in line to start Wednesday in Chicago, but the Marlin decided to push his next start back to Friday in Miami.


It's another day and another comeback try for Chris Coghlan, whose checkered big-league career has gone from winning the 2009 Rookie of the Year award, to blowing out his left knee while planting a shaving cream pie in the face of Wes Helms, to reinjuring the same knee, to working his way back into the lineup and re-discovering his hitting stroke, to returning to the disabled list with yet another injury.

"I've had my fair share of lumps," Coghlan said Sunday, his first day back with the Marlins.

A natural infielder, the Marlins converted Coghlan into an outfielder on the fly in '09. Due to the team's crowded outfield situation (i.e. Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick) the Marlins are giving Coghlan another shot in the infield, and third base in particular. That's where they had him playing during his minor-league injury rehab assignment. Brooks Robinson he's not with the glove. But the Marlins are so desperate for any kind of offensive life that they're willing to experiment with him at third just to get his bat in the lineup.

After getting off to a slow start earlier in the season, Coghlan's bat came to life in mid-May when he worked his way back into the lineup, going 23 for 67 with nine RBI from May 18 through June 8 before he went down with an injury (right calf nerve irritation) that originated in his lower back. He said his health is fine, now, and he doesn't expect any further issues.

Coghlan also doesn't anticipate any issues with moving back to third base.

"I think it's easier to go infield to outfield than outfield to infield," Coghlan said. "Infield is harder to play than outfield. But, the good thing is, when I went to the outfield, I didn't have any experience there. Never did it. So this (third base) I've played. (Before the injury) I was taking grounders. I worked with 'Bone' (Marlins infield coach Perry Hill) the whole year this year in the infield because I was trying to get into the lineup, trying to show (manager Mike Redmond) that I can get in there. I have complete confidence that I'll play well there."

Redmond said Coghlan would likely play both third base and outfield over the final month.


In addition to Coghlan, the Marlins also called up right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher and left-handed reliever Zach Phillips from Triple A New Orleans. Redmond said the Marlins would probably add several more players to the rosters after the team gets to Chicago.


A calf injury kept Justin Ruggiano out of Sunday's lineup in Atlanta.