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#Cubs extra bases: Coghlan, Lester and more

* Chris Coghlan admits he was a little surprised when Cubs manager Joe Maddon approached him in batting practice Monday to ask if he could play third base. Coghlan played the position in college but had not been there in a Major League game since 2013 when he played eight games there with the Marlins.

“I guess maybe a little bit [surprised], just because we have so many infielders,” Coghlan said Tuesday.

However, the Cubs were short-handed, and on Tuesday, infielder Tommy La Stella was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 9 with a right rib cage strain. Mike Olt has been dealing with a bruised right wrist since Saturday.

“I guess I was the last guy able to do it,” said Coghlan, who subbed at third in the eighth inning Monday. “I was like, ‘Yeah, man, I don’t have a problem doing it.'”

Coghlan was prepared. He has his own infielder’s glove.

“If you have good instincts, you can do a good job over there,” he said.

* Maddon does not believe Jon Lester’s ability to throw to first base will become an issue.

“Only if you permit it,” Maddon said. “There are things we can control, there’s things we can do, and that’s what I want us to focus on.”

Lester did throw to first Monday for the first time since April 2013, and was successful on his first throw, then overthrew first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an error on the next attempt. Maddon says he has some ideas on how to make it work.

“Would throwing to first base help control the running game? Of course,” Theo Epstein said Tuesday. “[Lester will] face things head on and find a way to control the running game.”

* On Wednesday, the Cubs will join MLB by hosting Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field. Uniformed players and personnel will wear Robinson’s retired No. 42 that day. Each base used at Wrigley will feature a commemorative Jackie Robinson Day base jewel. The game-used bases and No. 42 jerseys will be available through Cubs Authentics to benefit Cubs Charities.

The Cubs will present the ninth annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, which recognizes diverse business partners who exhibit and continue Robinson’s legacy. Finally, several Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will be recognized on the field, and these students will have the honor of leading the seventh inning stretch.

* Maddon is happy with the information and scouting reports he’s getting from the Cubs baseball operations department. Said Maddon: “Our geeks are good.” … So far, having Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo on the roster has worked. Maddon called them the “three-headed catcher.”

— Carrie Muskat 

3/18 Final: Cubs 7, Dodgers 5

Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly and Albert Almora had two hits, both doubles, and drove in two runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday in Glendale. Jake Arrieta gave up five runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out five. Said Arrieta: “I just need to be a little more precise with things earlier in counts so I’m not in hitter friendly counts in big situations, and moving forward, that’s something I’ll put emphasis on.”

C.J. Edwards gave up two hits over two scoreless innings, and Hector Rondon survived a comebacker by Darwin Barney that the Cubs pitcher knocked down, and was able to recover in time to throw out his former teammate.

Almora was not scheduled to start, but subbed for Matt Szczur who was a little bruised after crashing into the left field
wall on Tuesday. Szczur is day to day.

Up next: The Cubs will play two on Thursday, beginning with a “B” game at Sloan Park in Mesa against the Angels at 1 p.m. Arizona time. Kyle Hendricks will start that game and Kris Bryant is scheduled to DH. The regular game will start at 6:40 p.m. Arizona time as the Cubs travel to Scottsdale to face the Diamondbacks.

— Carrie Muskat

1/16 Coghlan signs new deal

The Cubs avoided arbitration with Chris Coghlan, signing the outfielder to a one-year, $2.505 million contract on Friday. In his first year with the Cubs, Coghlan, 29, batted .283 with nine home runs, 28 doubles, five triples and 41 RBIs in 125 games. He began the season at Triple-A Iowa, but finished with the most games (103) and at-bats (358) of any of the Cubs outfielders.

The Cubs now have five arbitration-eligible players remaining, including Travis Wood, Luis Valbuena, Pedro Strop, Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo. Felix Doubront settled on Thursday, signing a one-year, $1.925 million contract.

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Good guys


Chris Coghlan visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, and handed out Cubs caps and items, posed for photos with patients and signed autographs. Also Tuesday, Arismendy Alcantara went to Lloyd Elementary School on the Cubs’ Fitness Trolley, and did stretches, fitness drills and played Wiffleball with the children.

1/15 Cubs sign Coghlan

The Cubs have signed Chris Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Coghlan will make $800,000 if he makes the Major League roster. The left-handed hitting outfielder/third baseman can earn another $250,000 in incentives.

A supplemental first-round pick by the Marlins in 2006, Coghlan emerged as the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009, batting .321 with a .390 on-base percentage.

After his stellar rookie season, the 28-year-old has dealt with a number of injuries. With Miami last year, Coghlan appeared in 70 games and he batted .256 with a .318 on-base percentage. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 9 with right calf irritation, and he also was bothered by a back issue.

A converted infielder, Coghlan has spent most of his MLB career in the outfield, where he can play all three positions. He saw limited action (eight games) in ’13 at third base.

The Marlins non-tendered Coghlan on Dec. 2, making him a free agent. He’s a career .270 hitter with a .337 on-base and .390 slugging percentage.