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.
Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.
Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.
On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.