East Lake's Coghlan opts for surgery

MIAMI — Marlins LF Chris Coghlan, the former East Lake standout, decided to have surgery that might end his season.

Coghlan, who was hurt during a victory celebration July 25, is scheduled to have left knee surgery Wednesday. He had hoped to delay surgery until after the season and return soon, but he decided the knee isn't getting any better.

"I went out there and threw three days ago, and I think that's when it really hit me that, 'Okay, I'm not going to be able to do this,' " he said Sunday. "I had too much sharp pain in my knee."

The 2009 NL rookie of the year said recovery time after surgery is four to eight weeks, meaning he might be able to play the final couple of weeks of the regular season in a best-case scenario.

Coghlan, 25, hurt himself delivering a celebratory pie to the face of teammate Wes Helms after a walkoff win over Atlanta.

"It matters more to the public how you get injured, especially with the circumstances of how it happened to me," Coghlan said. "But to me the bottom line is I was injured, and it's disappointing. It's tough watching your team going out there and compete, and you're not able to help."

Coghlan is hitting .268 with a .335 on-base percentage and a .383 slugging percentage in 91 games. Last season he hit .321/.390/.460.

"I will do everything in my power to get back healthy as quick as I can," he said.

Coghlan has been replaced in leftfield by rookie Logan Morrison. Since the injury, the Marlins traded starting 3B Jorge Cantu, and they want Coghlan to move to third when he returns.

"Right now I haven't even focused on that; too much focus on my knee," he said. "Let me get surgery and let me get back. Obviously as that process goes on, I'll be thinking more about third base."

LOU TENDS TO MOM: Cubs manager Lou Piniella left for Tampa to be with his ailing mother, Margaret, while the team traveled to San Francisco.

Margaret Piniella, 90, was hospitalized late Saturday for the third time in recent weeks. Bench coach Alan Trammell will fill in as manager.

"I'm going to be there for the time that's needed," Piniella said, "and hopefully I can get her home quick and make some arrangements to make sure everything is good before I come back."

A'S: OF Matt Watson was hospitalized after complaining of pain in his side and back.

DODGERS: OF Garret Anderson was designated for assignment, and the contract of OF/1B Jay Gibbons was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque. Anderson, 38, batted .181 in 80 games.

MARINERS: SS Jack Wilson fractured a bone in his right hand when he slipped and fell in his bathroom at home, hitting his hand on the floor. X-rays on revealed a fractured fifth metacarpal. He will see a hand specialist today but is likely headed to the disabled list for the second time this season. … RH reliever Shawn Kelley might have surgery to determine what's causing pain in his pitching elbow.

PIRATES: The club fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho, saying they are no longer right for the staff. The last-place team is closing in on a record-extending 18th consecutive losing season.

REDS: All-Star 2B Brandon Phillips was held out of the lineup with a bruised left foot, sustained Saturday on a foul ball.

ROCKIES: INF Chris Nelson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear roster space for RHP Esmil Rogers to be recalled for a start.

TWINS: 2B Orlando Hudson was activated from the disabled list and in the lineup. Hudson had been out since July 24 with a strained right oblique muscle.

YANKEES: RHP A.J. Burnett was scratched from his start because of back spasms. Burnett tweaked his back Saturday while working out on flat ground. Manager Joe Girardi said Burnett was feeling much better after getting treatment.

East Lake's Coghlan opts for surgery 08/08/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 8, 2010 11:10pm]

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