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Coghlan cleared to resume baseball activities

Coghlan cleared to resume baseball activities

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MIAMI -- Chris Coghlan has been cleared to resume baseball activities following a doctor's appointment on Thursday. He did some running on an anti-gravity treadmill on Friday, but there is no timetable for his return.

"Especially with his back, we've got to make sure we properly build him up," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "[We will] take our time and see how his back responds, see how he feels and progress accordingly."

Coghlan has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 9 with right calf nerve irritation. However, an MRI on June 10 revealed that he had suffered an apparent lower back strain.

The outfielder has been resting his back since seeing a back specialist in Dallas on June 17. He was told the injury would not require surgery.

Coghlan's current stint on the DL interrupted perhaps his best play since he was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009.

He earned an everyday spot in Miami's lineup on May 18 and never looked back, batting .343 (23-for-67) with nine RBIs in 73 plate appearances until he was sidelined with the injury following the Marlins' 2-1 win against the Mets on June 8.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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