MIAMI -- A year ago, Logan Morrison didn't know what to expect. All he knew then was his right knee had been in excruciating pain for a while, and he underwent his second surgery in less than a year.
Fast forward to today, and the Marlins first baseman is elated to be back playing regularly and pain free.
Morrison on Friday took a minute to reflect on how far he has come in one calendar year. The 26-year-old sent out a tweet thanking those who helped him on his road to recovery.
Thursday was the one-year anniversary of Morrison's second surgery, which was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado. The first baseman did his rehab at the Fischer Institute in Arizona.
"From where I was a year ago to now is totally two different states of mind, and totally two different physical bodies," Morrison said.
Admittedly, Morrison had doubts about his recovery because he basically hasn't been healthy since 2011, before his knee collided with the side wall at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Morrison still isn't producing the way he has hoped, but he is confident that with continued repetitions, he will see better results. He is batting .258 with five homers and 30 RBIs since coming off the disabled list in June.
"I'm happy to be back on the field," Morrison said. "Obviously, I want to be better. I think I have to be patient with myself, even though I don't want to be. Not having played healthy for a couple of years, now to be healthy; it takes a while to be back into that.
"I'm very surprised with the way my body has held up, mainly my knee. Just the pain I went through last year playing and not having that this year, it's crazy. I didn't think I'd be able to be symptom-free. There still is some pain, but it's day and night. Hopefully, we are getting all the kinks out this year and we'll be ready to go next year."
Versatile Coghlan starts in left, works at third base
MIAMI -- Chris Coghlan prides himself on versatility.
The 28-year-old is certainly displaying that to the Marlins since he was reinstated from the disabled list on Sept. 1. On Friday night, Coghlan was slotted for his third different position in less than a week.
In the series opener against the Nationals at Marlins Park, Coghlan was in the lineup at left field. The change came after he had two starts at third base against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. And on Sept. 1 at Atlanta, the day he was reinstated, he played a couple of innings in right field to give Giancarlo Stanton, who rolled his right ankle, a little breather.
Left field isn't anything new for Coghlan, who played there since his 2009 National League Rookie of the Year season.
Coghlan also has played center field in his career. But on Friday, Christian Yelich, who played his first 40 MLB games in left, moved to center, a position he has played regularly throughout the Minor Leagues.
"This is a time to move guys around a little bit," manager Mike Redmond said. "Yelich has played a lot of center field. I'm not worried about him playing center field."
Coghlan is going through the biggest transition, working at third base for the first time in his MLB career.
The Marlins are looking for ways to take advantage of Coghlan's bat, so they will find a position for him.
"I embrace it," Coghlan said of moving around. "I think it only helps our team. It helps me. I think it's a win-win to be able to play and be more versatile and not be locked into one or two positions. I think there are things I can help the team do."
Coghlan has played enough outfield that he is perfectly comfortable there. It's third base at which he feels he has to work on a daily basis. Even though he didn't start at third on Friday, Coghlan still fielded grounders at the position in the afternoon.
"We know Cogz can play the outfield," Redmond said. "He can play center, left and right. We're giving him a chance to play some infield as well. That's where we are at. We're trying to evaluate guys and see where we are going into the offseason, and looking at what needs we may have this winter."
Marlins see significant drop in speed this season
MIAMI -- In a flash, speedster Billy Hamilton is making an impact on the bases for the Reds.
A September callup in Cincinnati, Hamilton has already been used as a pinch-runner to swipe a base. He did so twice in two appearances against the Cardinals, demonstrating that speed can be a major weapon.
When the Marlins won the World Series in 2003, they had speedsters in Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo causing havoc at the top of their order.
This year, speed hasn't been much of a weapon for Miami.
"Speed, obviously, is great," manager Mike Redmond said. "You can do a lot with guys who can run. We don't have that type of speed."
The Marlins have 68 total stolen bases, tied for 18th most in the Majors.
"We haven't been able to get guys on consistently enough to use our speed," Redmond said.
With 22 stolen bases, Pierre is Miami's leader. But the veteran has become primarily a bench player since July.
Justin Ruggiano (13) and Adeiny Hechavarria (11) are the only other Marlins in double-digits.
"You always want to have guys who can run, steal bases and change games with their feet," Redmond said. "Those guys are always nice. At the same time, too, those guys don't grow on trees.
"Everybody is kind of looking for the same guy, that bench player who can fly, steal bases and play outfield, infield, and do everything."
• Nationals manager Davey Johnson gives his endorsement for Miami ace Jose Fernandez to be the National League Rookie of the Year.
"To me, he's a shoo-in to win Rookie of the Year. I know there are a lot of other good pitchers out there, good players, but I think he'd be the odds-on pick to win. He'd get my vote.
"I like him. He's competitive. He might be a little bit too fiery for me. He might give me some trouble with his emotions, but I like that. It's good."
• Preston Wilson and Tommy Hutton will be handling the Marlins' telecasts for Fox Sports Florida on Friday and Saturday because Rich Waltz is on assignment. Walsh will be part of Fox's national game on Saturday between the Reds and Dodgers.