9/1/2013 8:46 P.M. ET
Coghlan returns to Marlins after extended DL stint
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- For the first time since June 8, Chris Coghlan was back in uniform with the Marlins on Sunday.
How the 28-year-old will be used, and exactly where, remains a work in progress, though he got some immediate work in right field in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Braves after Giancarlo Stanton exited with a tweaked ankle. Coghlan lined out in his only at-bat.
Coghlan has played the outfield since 2009, when he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. But with an abundance of outfielders in the organization, he's been working at third base, a position he played at Ole Miss in his college days and for most of his Minor League career.
Miami manager Mike Redmond is considering how best to use Coghlan. What the team is primarily looking for is offense. So if Coghlan hits, the team will find a spot for him.
"I know he's been playing third base down there in the Minor Leagues," Redmond said. "We'll see. I'm still trying to figure out exactly if that's going to be an option. We know he can play in the outfield, and we know he still has value for us as an outfielder."
Prior to the finale vs. the Braves, Coghlan was reinstated from the disabled list after missing close to three months with right calf nerve irritation. The nerve-related injury also caused him back discomfort.
In recent weeks, he was on rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Jupiter and Triple-A New Orleans, where he was 6-for-12 in three games.
A left-handed hitter, Coghlan was not in the starting lineup against Braves lefty Alex Wood on Sunday at Turner Field. He may not be starting on Monday either at Chicago, with the Cubs starting southpaw Travis Wood.
Coghlan welcomes the chance to play third base. Foremost, he is just happy to be back, and he has a month to give an indication of what he may expect next Spring Training.
"You've got one month, and you hope to be in there as much as you can and help the team win as much as you can," he said. "I don't anticipate having any [health] issues. I haven't had any issues in my rehab. I'm good to go, and excited to get an opportunity.
"When you start your rehab, it's more about how your body feels. It's more body first, then the performance. I think in the beginning, my performance wasn't there, but my body was adjusting. It was almost like Spring Training the first five, six games. Then I got over the soreness, and I was good. Then it was like, I need to step up the performance, and I was able to do that. I'm just trying to carry it over here."
Stanton may sit Monday after tweaking ankle
ATLANTA -- A minor ailment arose in the Marlins' 7-0 victory over the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, as Giancarlo Stanton tweaked his right ankle while crossing first base on a groundout to shortstop in the third inning.
The 22-year-old slugger remained in the game, but in the later innings the ankle stiffened on him.
With a commanding seven-run lead, Stanton was replaced in right field by Chris Coghlan in the seventh. The Marlins don't believe the twisted ankle is serious, but Stanton may sit out Monday's 2:20 p.m. ET start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"Working against me is it's a day game," Stanton said. "We'll see in the morning."
Stanton, batting .248, leads the Marlins in homers with 18 and is tied with Justin Ruggiano for the club lead in RBIs with 42.
If Stanton is given a day off, Coghlan and Ruggiano are options to play right field. But Ruggiano was given Sunday off because of a sore calf.
"We'll see how Stanton feels tomorrow," manager Mike Redmond said.
Marisnick working through growing pains
ATLANTA -- Each start is part of Jake Marisnick's overall learning experience.
The 22-year-old, called up from Double-A in late July, has had his share of struggles since joining the Marlins. In his first 31 big league games, he was batting .184 in 98 at-bats.
Marisnick got the starting nod in center field on Sunday against the Braves at Turner Field. It's his fourth start in the team's last 11 games.
Of late, Justin Ruggiano has started in center. But Ruggiano has a sore calf, and he was out of the starting lineup, although he was available to pinch-hit.
"With Jake, every at-bat is an experience for him," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He can play defense. We just have to keep plugging him in there and getting those at-bats."
Marisnick has been working on his swing with interim hitting coach John Pierson.
"We'll give him his reps," Redmond said. "At the end of this year, he will be able to go home and realize what it takes to sustain his swing up here in the Major Leagues, and what to work on."
Marlins forced to hold breath on Fernandez's triple
ATLANTA -- Caught up in the moment on Friday night, Jose Fernandez showed a lapse in judgment that caused concern in the Marlins' dugout.
The organization loves the energy Fernandez brings to the mound. It just would like to see him temper his enthusiasm a bit when running the bases. Fernandez received a reprimand for a headfirst slide on his triple in the third inning of Miami's 2-1 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.
Seeing one of the top, young pitchers in the game expose his throwing arm on a slide had everyone in the Marlins' organization holding their breath.
Fortunately, Fernandez was fine. He sprung up, dusted himself off and a batter later scored Miami's lone run on Christian Yelich's single.
"I know it's not smart," Fernandez said. "I just have got to learn from that. I can hurt my career."
Miami manager Mike Redmond made it a point to remind Fernandez to slide feet first, or even stay at second if he thinks he is chancing injury by attempting to advance another base.
The Marlins have been very protective of their 21-year-old rookie, who will be shut down after two more starts -- or a combined 12 innings. He is next slated to pitch on Friday at home against the Nationals.
The likely season finale for Fernandez will be on Sept. 11 against the Braves at Marlins Park. Already keeping tabs on Fernandez's arm, the organization doesn't want to be concerned about his hustle on the bases.
Fernandez's slide reminded Redmond of a conversation he had with Dontrelle Willis in 2003. Like Fernandez now, Willis was an bundle of energy on the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team.
In Spring Training of '03, Willis made a headfirst slide into home plate. He was gently tagged out on a play that could have been disastrous.
"I remember having a conversation with Dontrelle Willis, telling him, 'Please, Dontrelle, don't ever do that again,'" Redmond said. "Dontrelle did it into home plate. Jose did it at third. I hope we don't ever see that again."
Fernandez is trying to make things happen on a team that hasn't had much success. Miami had gone nine straight games not scoring more than three runs before Saturday's 5-4 loss to Atlanta.
Also, it was the first triple Fernandez can ever remember having. He didn't bat in the Minor Leagues, and he never had a three-base hit in high school.
Now, the team will see if he adjusts to sliding feet first.
"I love the energy," Redmond said. "He brings a spark to our team. He's a special kid. He gives us everything he's got every time out."
• Right-hander Chris Hatcher and lefty Zach Phillips were the first pitching callups. Hatcher made one appearance earlier in the season with the Marlins, giving up five runs in one rough inning on July 8 against the Braves. But with New Orleans, Hatcher struck out 65 in 60 games. Phillips had a 2.44 ERA in 50 games with the Zephyrs.
• Logan Morrison, who fouled a ball off his left knee on Saturday night, is fine physically. He was just given a day off on Sunday.
• Coghlan, Hatcher and Phillips were the first three players called up on Sunday, the first day rosters can expand. In all, the Marlins anticipate having about seven total callups.
• The team has yet to announce who will be starting vs. the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Lefty Brad Hand, currently at New Orleans, is a likely candidate.
• Double-A Jacksonville infielder Derek Dietrich is on the seven-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. He officially went on the DL on Aug. 30.