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Celebration turns painful for Coghlan

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Coghlan is the latest player to become seriously injured while celebrating.

The Marlins leftfielder and former East Lake standout is headed for the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and could need surgery.

The reigning NL rookie of the year's injury was revealed in an MRI exam Monday. He was hurt while delivering a pie in the face to teammate Wes Helms after the pinch-hitter's bases-loaded single in the 11th inning of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Braves.

There will be no more such celebratory antics by Florida, manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

"It's very humbling when the game is taken away and you don't realize it because you play every day," Coghlan said. "If you ever get injured you want to do it while you're out there competing, not when you're celebrating."

If Coghlan needs surgery, he said he would likely be sidelined six to eight weeks.

On May 29, Angels 1B Kendry Morales broke his left leg leaping onto home plate after a game-ending grand slam.

STRASBURG HURT: Nationals rookie RHP Stephen Strasburg was diagnosed with inflammation in his pitching shoulder after being scratched from his start because he had problems warming up. An MRI exam and X-ray show no structural damage, and Strasburg is day to day.

CHISOX HONOR THOMAS: The White Sox will retire the No. 35 of former 1B/DH Frank Thomas, who will rejoin Chicago as a team ambassador. The two-time AL MVP will be honored at Frank Thomas Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 29.

ANGELS: RHP Dan Haren doesn't expect to miss any time after being hit in the right forearm with a line drive during his club debut Monday night.

A'S: C Kurt Suzuki is guaranteed $16.25 million under his new four-year contract

BRAVES: CF Nate McLouth, whose batting average had dropped to .168, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

MARINERS: 3B Jose Lopez left the game against the White Sox after the first inning with a tight left hamstring.

METS: LF Jason Bay sat out with a mild concussion, sustained Friday when he ran face-first into the outfield wall in Los Angeles. … Manager Jerry Manuel was given a one-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount after his ejection from Friday's game.

PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins was out of the starting lineup because of bruised left foot.

RANGERS: RHP Rich Harden may return to the rotation this weekend after pitching six shutout innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday night. He has been out since June 12 with a strained gluteal muscle.

RED SOX: Jacoby Ellsbury played six innings in the outfield and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in his second rehab game in the Gulf Coast League. Ellsbury, out since late May with fractured ribs, may head to Triple-A Pawtucket this weekend.

ROCKIES: Closer Huston Street bruised the right side of his abdomen when he was hit by a line drive in batting practice. He was sent home to rest and is day to day. … All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki was activated after missing nearly six weeks with a broken left wrist.

ROYALS: RHP Gil Meche will have surgery on his pitching shoulder that will probably end his season.

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte, rehabbing from a strained left groin, saying he felt good after going through a series of running and agility drills.

Celebration turns painful for Coghlan 07/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:54am]
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