Coghlan’s knee, swing are fine

VIERA, Fla. — Any doubts about the stability of Chris Coghlan’s left knee can be erased.

The Marlins’ 25-year-old center fielder, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, was again at full-speed on Sunday in a 6-4 win over the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

Coghlan delivered a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and he raised his Grapefruit League average to .391.

Sprinting around the bases on Sunday reinforced that Coghlan’s surgically-repaired knee is fine.

“It’s one of those things when you come back, you feel cautious when you first start playing,” Coghlan said. “But now, I don’t feel that way. For me, it’s a big relief mentally that I can go out and play the way I’m used to playing. I don’t have any of that cautiousness like I did the first couple of games I’ve been playing.”

Of bigger concern is his right shoulder, which hasn’t been at 100 percent the past few weeks. Coghlan is recovering from a sprained shoulder, and he is being careful throwing. He will continue rehabbing for a while, and he is expected to be in the Opening Night lineup on Friday against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

The way Coghlan is hitting is similiar to how he performed during his 2009 NL Rookie of the Year season.

“I’ve been really pleased, being out six months,” he said. “You can hit all day off a tee, and it’s nothing like the game. I’m very pleased with where I’m at after the time off.”

Joe Frisaro

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