CINCINNATI -- Going from being a 26-year-old former National League Rookie of the Year to a bench role is an adjustment for Chris Coghlan.
Coghlan, who won the top rookie honor in 2009, made a start in left field on Thursday at Cincinnati because Logan Morrison was given the day off.
On Saturday night, Morrison was back in left field, and Coghlan is preparing himself to go whenever called upon.
"My role has changed, but my mindset hasn't," Coghlan said. "I prepare like I'm going to play. The only thing that's changed is I have to be ready for the first inning or whenever I come in."
Most likely, Coghlan will have his chances because the Marlins, at least early in the year, are monitoring Morrison, who had surgery on his right knee in early December.
Because the Marlins played on Wednesday night and followed that up with a day game on Thursday, manager Ozzie Guillen opted to give Morrison Thursday off.
With the team also off on Friday, Morrison got a two-day breather to rest his knee.
Infante nearly nets cycle, bicycle
CINCINNATI -- If Omar Infante had indeed collected a single in the ninth inning, the Marlins' second baseman may have received more than just the first cycle in franchise history.
Manager Ozzie Guillen was prepared to pull strings and get Infante a real cycle, as in bicycle. But not just any bike, a Lance Armstrong one.
"I told the players, I was going to tell Lance Armstrong to get him a real bike, the one he used on the tour," Guillen said. "I've got connections."
For now, a call to Armstrong can be put on hold.
Infante lifted a routine fly ball to center field in the ninth inning, putting to rest any hope of team history being made.
"When I made the flyout, I wanted to cry," Infante aid. "It's hard: You make a home run, triple, it's hard. I wanted that last at-bat. I had a chance, I couldn't do it."
Infante and the Marlins certainly had plenty to cheer about on Saturday night in their 8-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Miami second baseman finished 3-for-5, collecting a double in the third inning, a home run in the fifth and a triple in the eighth.
In the ninth inning, he had one last chance, but couldn't get that elusive single.
"Oh yeah, I wanted a single," said Infante, who has never had a cycle in his professional career. "I told you, I wanted to cry. I was thinking about making a bunt or something for a base hit."
Off-day helps Marlins regroup, relax
CINCINNATI -- Rested, refreshed and ready is how the Marlins approached Saturday night.
Being off on Friday gave the team time to relax after a hectic week of opening Marlins Park on Wednesday, followed by a quick turnaround on Thursday at Cincinnati.
"That's the first thing I told the players when I walked in was, 'So now we don't have any more excuses,'" manager Ozzie Guillen said. "'Next time, swing the bat the way we think.' I also told some guys, 'Don't try to do too much. Stay with the program. Stay with what they know. Don't panic.'"
The Marlins' offense labored in back-to-back losses, collecting a total of seven hits and one run.
Guillen senses the team has been a bit "anxious" at the plate.
"Trying to do too much," the manager said. "They know they're good. They're a good hitting club, and go from there.
"I talked to a couple of guys. We were watching videos and stuff. It's only two games. The worst thing as a player is, if you are 0-for-4 the first day, and 0-for-4 the next day, then, 'I'm going to panic. Wow, I'm not going to get a hit this year?'"
Guillen also praised the pitching of Reds starter Johnny Cueto on Thursday at Cincinnati.
"[We're] chasing bad pitches, maybe guessing the wrong pitch," Guillen said. "I can see everybody, 'When am I going to get my first hit?' That will come. They have 600 at-bats to come.
"Take one at-bat at a time and we'll be fine. The only good thing about this right now is, we're pitching well. The hitting will come along."