Chris Coghlan has quieted skeptics with several spectacular catches during his first week on the job in center field. He has already made a diving catch on a sinking liner, a leaping grab on a ball hit over his head, and in the 11th inning Thursday, held on to the ball despite crashing into the wall on a catch.

Coghlan was slow to get up after his hip slammed into a pole located behind the wall padding. Two outfielders and Marlins trainer Sean Cunningham ran to his aid. But Coghlan said it wasn't quite as bad as it looked.

"I stayed down because once I saw them run out, I told them when they got there, 'I might as well make your run worth your while,'?'' Coghlan said, joking.

Said manager Edwin Rodriguez of Coghlan's play in center so far: "I knew that he would be able to handle center field. But I've been surprised at all the plays he's been making out there."

• Right fielder Mike Stanton remained out of the lineup yet again on Friday. But Rodriguez said he's optimistic Stanton could be back on the field Saturday.