Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has confirmed that Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is going to have season-ending surgery on his injured left knee on Wednesday.
Coghlan tore his left meniscus while celebrating a walkoff home run in late July. He was considering a rehab program that would have allowed him to return this year, but surgery is the smarter and safer route. He would have needed a procedure eventually and the Marlins have pretty much fallen out of contention in the National League East.
The 25-year-old Coghlan hit .321/.390/.460 last season and won the National League Rookie of the Year award. He took a step back this year, batting .268/.335/.383 over 358 at-bats, but the Fish will hope for a bounce-back 2011.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.