JUPITER, Fla. -- The center field competition is about to get interesting at Marlins camp.
The position is wide open, and a case can be made that the frontrunner to win the Opening Day job is Chris Coghlan.
The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year has been one of the interesting stories of Spring Training. In Grapefruit League play, he's 6-for-18 (.333). Those numbers don't include a 4-for-4 night on Tuesday in Miami's 6-5 win over Team Venezuela.
Coghlan has been playing mostly in corner outfield spots of late. But manager Mike Redmond said Coghlan will get the start in center field on Thursday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.
"We're going to start mixing him in there," Redmond said. "Obviously, he's doing a great job. He's swinging the bat great, and playing a good outfield. He's definitely making a case for himself. We're going to run him out there in center."
Heading into Spring Training, Justin Ruggiano was considered to have the edge in center. But before Grapefruit League got under way, Ruggiano suffered a strained lower back.
On Wednesday, Ruggiano took some at-bats off Jose Ceda, who is returning from Tommy John surgery.
"He said everything feels good," Redmond said. "He's progressing, too. Maybe tomorrow he will be in a BP group, and we'll go from there."
Ruggiano is getting close to seeing game action, which makes the competition in center even more interesting.
Gorkys Hernandez, Kevin Mattison and Bryan Petersen also are in the mix.
"We haven't really had anybody stand out there yet," Redmond said. "There is still an opportunity for somebody to take that job."
Silverio shut down with sprained elbow
JUPITER, Fla. -- Early in Spring Training, the Marlins saw some flashes of power from Alfredo Silverio. The team, however, isn't going to be seeing much more of the 25-year-old outfielder for at least a couple of weeks.
Silverio has been shut down with a sprained right elbow.
Selected as a Rule 5 pick off the Dodgers' roster in December, Silverio is expected to open the season on the disabled list.
The elbow sprain is the latest in a string of misfortunes for the outfielder. In January 2012, he was involved in a serious car accident, which caused him to miss all of last year.
As a result of the wreck, Silverio had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow.
During the first few weeks of Spring Training, Silverio was on throwing program, and he was able to bat. He appeared in three Grapefruit League games, and was 3-for-12 (.250) with a home run.
"He will be out for a while," manager Mike Redmond said. "He felt something long-tossing. We shut him down. We don't have a time frame on that."
The Marlins were not anticipating Silverio being healthy for the start of the season anyway. But they were hoping to have Spring Training to evaluate him more.
"It's disappointing," Redmond said. "He was doing so well. It looked like he was feeling good. Those things are touchy."