Scott Cousins already had received plenty of reassuring comments from his teammates. On the short flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles Thursday, he sat next to someone that could commiserate better than most.

Chris Coghlan as a rookie in 2009 ended an opponent's season with a slide. Almost two years ago to the day, Coghlan slid into second base trying to break up a double play in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Akinori Iwamura suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and missed the remainder of the season.

"Sure, it's come up," said Coghlan, who watched catcher Buster Posey fracture his left leg and sustain ligament damage on the collision with Cousins. "I talked to [Cousins] and sat next to him on the plane and got to share with him what happened. It's similar. It was my hometown team and a situation where you play the game hard and an injury happened. You feel terrible."

Cousins is a product of the University of San Francisco and still lives in the area. Coghlan, less than a month into his big league career at the time, grew up in the Tampa area and knew several players in the Rays' clubhouse. He went to high school with third-base coach Tom Foley's kids.