Not exactly sure how he did it, but on his way back to recovering from numerous injuries, Miami Marlins‘ outfielder Chris Coghlan has managed to force manager Mike Redmond to platoon Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano at center field. A risky move for Redmond to make since Coghlan has not played more than 100 games since his Rookie of the Year Award winning season in 2009 when he batted .321 with 47 RBI and 31 doubles and Ruggiano was showing what he can do at the position when injuries to Emilio Bonifacio opened up playing time for him.
Coghlan is getting every chance to reprise his role as Marlins savior despite his lack of health for the past three years. Last season, he played in 39 games and did not hit over .200. He was 13-for-93 with 10 RBI including one home run.
Of the move, Redmond said:
“If one of them, obviously, takes off, then they are going to get the bulk of the playing time. That’s where we’re at. We’re looking for somebody to spark our offense, and that’s one position where we need some offense.”
Coghlan was 0-for-4 in the Opening Day start against the Washington Nationals Monday.
Ruggiano was projected to get the start prior to the game time flop. Ruggiano hit 13 home runs along with 36 RBI in 91 games with the Marlins and would have been a nice player in the lineup full time if the Marlins did not have a weird soft spot for Coghlan. They are going to see how this one plays out, but it may not work out as planned.