Used to be when the Marlins came to Tropicana Field it was a big deal for the Coghlan clan, who would come out to cheer on centerfielder Chris Coghlan, who grew up in Tarpon Springs, just a short drive north of St. Petersburg.

So there was a bit of shock reverberating around The Tropic Friday afternoon as news filtered out that Coghlan had been sent down to AAA New Orleans.

Coghlan has gone from2009 NL Rookie of the Year to AAA in what seems like a flash.

Coghlan was hitting .230 as of Friday, with an on-base percentage of .296. He had been taken out of the leadoff spot last week, but it was still a shock to hear that he was sent down.

Pitcher Chris Volstad seemed ahead of Coghlan on the list of Most Likely To Be Demoted, but the Marlins felt that whatever Coghlan needed to get done to get out of the slump, it was better doing it in AAA.

That makes some sense, given how bad the Marlins are playing and how much they are pressing to try and get out of the slide.

Maybe going to a no-pressure environment will help.

Replacing Coghlan is Dewayne Wise, the 33-year-old vet who was with the Marlins this srping.

Wise, a journeyman in every sense of the word, has learned the importance of not burning bridges, since, as he said, "You never know in this game."