As Cubs shake up roster, Coghlan ready to prove himself

As Cubs shake up roster, Coghlan ready to prove himself
May 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

While chatting with Chicago media Saturday, Chris Coghlan mentioned the crazy Midwest weather early in the year, discussing the need to ride out the "storm" of cold and rain.

He might as well have been talking about his situation on the field, as well.

"Once you get through that first month, the sun comes out and it's a lot easier to do some damage," Coghlan said.

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The 28-year-old outfielder signed on with the Cubs as a non-roster invitee to spring training and hoped to make the big-league club out of camp. It didn't work out that way and he was sent to play at Triple-A Iowa before getting the call to Chicago Friday.

The Cubs placed veteran outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and brought Coghlan up as his replacement. Sweeney strained his hamstring running down a ball in center field during Friday's victory.

"He'll be down probably 2-3 or 3-4 weeks," manager Rick Renteria said. "It depends, but it's not as bad as we thought."

Coghlan has played all three outfield positions and even appeared in five games at first base for Iowa. He initially came up as a third baseman before making the move to outfield during his 2009 National League Rookie of the Year campaign with the Florida Marlins.

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He should provide versatility for Renteria and the Cubs as a left-handed bat with 393 career MLB games under his belt.

Coghlan sounded a little disappointed that he didn't make the big-league club out of spring training, but understands he had to earn his spot on the roster.

"There are no guarantees, but that's this industry. There are no guarantees no matter what," Coghlan said. "You've gotta prove yourself every day. 

"I came with the expectation that I was going to make the team. That's what I expected out of camp. It didn't work out for whatever reason, but I'm here now, so I'm grateful."

Coghlan hit only .243 in 24 games in Triple-A, but had a .379 on-base percentage and six stolen bases.

The Cubs cleared room on the 40-man roster by moving Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) to the 60-day DL. The Cubs also activated starting pitcher Jake Arrieta from the disabled list, optioning left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup to the minor to make room on the 25-man roster for Arrieta.