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Chris Coghlan, left, and Logan Morrison, right, celebrate last season in a game against the San Francisco Giants. The pair will have to prove they can stay healthy and be productive in 2013.
Unlike Ruggiano and Hernandez, or even Lara and Silverio, Logan Morrison and Chris Coghlan are an established pair of players.
But because of injuries, they haven't been themselves for a couple of years. And with the talent on the cupboard somewhat bare, the Marlins need Morrison and Coghlan to fulfill their potential.
According to MLB.com, Morrison entered the majors with one of the best eyes in the organization, a great swing and bat control, should hit for average as well as power with the potential to be a No. 3 hitter. Morrison flashed some of that potential in his rookie year when he hit .283 while getting on base at a .390 clip.
Unfortunately, Morrison played hurt in 2011 and his numbers dropped to a .247 batting average, but he belted 23 home runs and accumulated 72 RBI. Then, on Dec. 5, 2011, Morrison had surgery to repair his right knee.
In this story, Morrison admitted he rushed back from his first operation and struggled last season. Morrison hit .230 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI before shutting it down in late July. Then, in September, Morrison had a more invasive surgery on the same knee to repair the torn patella tendon.
Last week, Morrison tweeted his excitement about being cleared to run on a treadmill. Assuming there are no setbacks, Morrison's agent, Fred Wray said his client could be playing first base by April 15.
"The way he's progressing, at the rate he's progressing, that looks like it's going to be the target date," Wray told the Miami Herald.
While Morrison has a long road back, Coghlan's trek has been longer.
Coghlan was called up to the big leagues May 8, 2009, and he went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year award after he hit .321 with nine home runs and 47 RBI.
The following season, Coghlan suffered a freak injury when he hurt his knee giving Wes Helms a shaving cream pie in the face after a game-winning hit. At the time of the injury, Coghlan was hitting .268 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 91 games.
The injury required surgery, and like Morrison, Coghlan returned too soon. Coghlan ended his season in mid-June 2011 and had a second surgery.
Last season, Coghlan started 4-of-34, was sent to Triple-A New Orleans, returned to the big league club and then was demoted in June and never returned. Since his injury, Coghlan has hit .207 with six home runs and 32 RBI in 362 at-bats.
This past offseason, Coghlan played winter ball, worked on his swing and played some second base as well as the outfield. Coghlan told the Miami Herald he also studied video and noticed some bad habits he said he corrected. Now, he hopes to prove the adjustments will make him more productive.
“I’m excited this year to turn a lot of heads," Coghlan said. "I’m confident that I will this year, and then people will write my redemption story.”