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Several snoozing bats need to wake up

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Several snoozing bats need to wake up · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report
 

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez's struggles have been well-documented, but he's not the only hitter in the lineup having a tough time.

Center fielder Chris Coghlan's average has plummeted to .245. He and Ramirez went a combined 4-for-37 on the four-game road trip.

"It is a concern because how long is the pitching going to keep us there?" manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We've been playing the way we've been playing because the pitching has been keeping us in games.

"I would like to see more offense from Coghlan, Hanley and John Buck ... (and Omar) Infante, (but) he's starting to swing better. We would like to see some offense so we can take some pressure off the rotation and the bullpen."

Coghlan was hitting .297 before he pulled himself out of the lineup April 27. Since then, he's batting .180 (13 for 72).

"I'm not worried about him," Rodriguez said. "I think he hit the ball hard about three times every game (in Washington), but right at people. In New York, he also had two hard-hit balls right at people. So I'm not concerned about that."

The Marlins are 24-17, but Rodriguez hopes they can keep it up without the offense living up to its potential.

"I'd like to see more offense," Rodriguez said. "I think the pitching is going to be there the whole season, but we can't count on that."

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