Chris Coghlan’s rehab assignment at Double-A has been put on hold because of more knee problems, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Spencer that Coghlan’s “knee stiffened up a bit” and the Marlins “want to back him off and get it completely healthy.”
Coghlan has been out since June 17, with the disabled list stint nullifying an old fashioned demotion to Triple-A, and last week the Marlins indicated that the former Rookie of the Year would remain in the minors even once he’s healthy.
Unfortunately now that may be a while, as he’s slated to undergo further testing on an injury that dates back to last season when, as Spencer puts it, “Coghlan injured the knee when he smacked Wes Helms in the face with a shaving cream pie to celebrate a walk-off win.” Surgery followed in August and Coghlan hasn’t been right since.
Mike Cameron has taken over as Florida’s regular center fielder, but is just 4-for-24 (.167) through eight games after hitting .149 in 33 games for the Red Sox. He has, however, avoided any shaving cream pie-related injuries. So far.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.