Marlins notebook

Chris Coghlan making progress for Miami Marlins

 

rnadkarni@MiamiHerald.com

Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan roamed through the team’s clubhouse on Friday, and in about a month he might be roaming the infield of Marlins Park.

Coghlan, placed on the disabled list in early June, has been battling a right calf injury for the last half of the season.

At the end of Miami’s current homestand, Coghlan will report to the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads to start participating in more baseball activities.

“He’s taking grounders at third, and he’s been taking some swings, so that’s good,” manager Mike Redmond said.

“If everything stays on course, I would not be surprised if he was back around Sept. 1. We’ll see how it goes.”

Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, was having his best season in the majors since his award-winning campaign. His .277 batting average, .415 slugging percentage and .742 OPS were all his highest marks since 2009.

The 28-year-old played in 51 games before hitting the disabled list. From May onward, he hit .338.

As mentioned by Redmond, Coghlan is working on his defense at third base. The former college infielder has normally played in the outfield in the majors, but those spots have been filled since Coghlan’s injury.

Scoreless streak

In his last 27 innings at Class A Jupiter, Andrew Heaney held his opponents scoreless. After getting promoted to Double A Jacksonville on Wednesday, Heaney continued his hot streak.

The 2012 first-round pick extended his stretch of dominance with six innings of shutout ball in his first start Thursday.

In the start against Chattanooga (Tenn.), Heaney threw 79 pitches — 55 for strikes — and struck out three batters. He allowed three hits and walked one.

The left-hander’s streak compares favorably to a former Marlin prospect — Josh Beckett. The MVP of the 2003 World Series, Beckett had a 30-inning scoreless streak of his own for Single A Brevard in 2001.

Real estate update

Rookie center fielder Jake Marisnick finally hit his first career home run Wednesday.

Finding his first home has been more difficult.

Marisnick and his fellow July call-up, Christian Yelich, are still staying in a team-provided hotel room.

The minor-league roommates are searching for a place together, and they expect to have found somewhere to live by the end of the Marlins’ next road trip.

Fans should not expect the 22-year-old Marisnick to be taking his talents to South Beach.

“We haven’t decided on anything yet, but it’s going to be nothing too crazy,” Marisnick said.

Coming up

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.65 ERA) vs. Cleveland Indians RHP Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.48), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.47) vs. Indians LHP Scott Kazmir (6-4, 4.11), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: In his last start, Eovaldi threw a season-high 112 pitches and issued five walks in six innings.

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