Chris Coghlan was demoted to Triple-A in late April after hitting .121 as a part-time player for the Marlins, got recalled three weeks later when they sent down Gaby Sanchez, and is now headed back to the minors after going 9-for-59 (.153) in 20 games since returning.
This is the fourth time the Marlins have optioned the former Rookie of the Year winner to Triple-A since the beginning of last season and it’s not as if Coghlan is getting a raw deal, as he’s hit .207 with a ghastly .595 OPS in 104 games as a big leaguer during that span.
His numbers in the minors haven’t been much better and despite being just 27 years old he appears to have fallen completely out of the Marlins’ plans. Quite a rapid decline for a guy who hit .321 in 2009 on the way to being named the NL’s top rookie ahead of, among others, Tommy Hanson and Andrew McCutchen.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.