Coghlan undergoing surgery
Chris Coghlan’s season is over.
The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure will be performed by Marlins physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Wednesday.
Recovery time is four to eight weeks.
Coghlan’s sophomore year in the big leagues ends with a .268 batting average and .335 on-base percentage.
It was a rough season for the 25-year-old, who will be converting from left field to third base when Spring Training for 2011 opens.
Coghlan suffered the knee injury during a postgame celebration after the Marlins beat the Braves on July 25.
Wes Helms delivered the walk-off hit that day, and the team rejoiced.
While Helms was being interviewed, Coghlan leaped to smash a towel full of shaving cream into his teammate’s face. He landed awkwardly on his knee, and went on the disabled list the next day.
Earlier in his season, Coghlan dealt with a sore oblique after making a diving catch against the Reds on April 13. Shortly after the All-Star Break, he bruised his ribs while making a diving catch against the Nationals.
He missed some games after each incident.
The Marlins were planning on switching Coghlan to third base after Jorge Cantu was traded. That transition is expected next year.
– Joe Frisaro