For Chris Coghlan, it all started July 25, 2010.

That's the day he celebrated Wes Helms' game-winning hit by making a shaving cream pie and smearing it in his teammate's face. It is a common practice, an otherwise harmless gesture done for fun.

Only for Coghlan, it turned out to be no laughing matter.

Coghlan injured his left knee in the process, and thus began a downward spiral that has left the National League's 2009 Rookie of the Year in a battle of survival just to make the Marlins as a backup outfielder.