Coghlan running pain free

On the eve of pitchers and catchers going through their first workouts, center fielder Chris Coghlan was at the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Thursday testing his surgically repaired right knee.

Under the supervision of Marlins trainer Sean Cunningham, the 25-year-old ran eight, 60-yard sprints.

Afterwards, he said the knee is fine. What isn’t back yet is his full level of conditioning. That will take a while.

Marlins pitchers and catchers get underway with workouts on Friday, while full-squad drills begin on Tuesday.

Coghlan is aware he will receive plenty of attention because he is moving to a position he has never played before. He understands the skepticism, but 2009 NL Rookie of the Year is confident he can make the adjustment.

Last year, Coghlan said he told Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria that he would be receptive to playing center field. At the time, he didn’t know the team would be trading Cameron Maybin.

Foremost, in Spring Training, Coghlan is striving to be fully ready to go by Opening Day. Last July, Coghlan suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee, which required surgery.

“The knee is fine,” Coghlan said. “It’s just that I haven’t gotten my legs back under me.”

Because of the time he missed, the Marlins will ease Coghlan back into action. During Spring Training, he likely won’t start off playing on back-to-back games. And he likely will be given rest instead of standing around for long periods.

“I don’t have a percentage of where I’m at,” he said. “I am looking to be fully ready to go on April 1.”

The Marlins open their season on April 1 against the Mets.

— Joe Frisaro


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