Marlins Option Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Florida Marlins follows through on his sixth inning RBI single against of the New York Mets on April 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins optioned outfielder Chris Coghlan to the minors following Wednesday night's game, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Coghlan, who was in an 0-for-16 slump since June 3 and batting just .140/.212/.183 overall in 93 at-bats, will report to Triple-A New Orleans for the second time this season today.

Once thought to be a fixture in the Marlins outfield, the 26-year-old Coghlan has spent much of the past three years hampered by a series of injuries and disappointing numbers. Winner of the 2009 Rookie of the Year award with a .321/.390/.460 line and 31 doubles, Coghlan has hit just .238/.305/.351 in parts of three seasons since.

Though no official announcement has been made yet, the Marlins will likely replace Coghlan on the roster for Friday's series with Tampa Bay with either Bryan Petersen or Scott Cousins. Petersen and Justin Ruggiano are the most probable candidates to take over center field duties until Emilio Bonifacio returns from injury next month.

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