After two frustrating seasons, outfielder Chris Coghlan arrived in camp last month wondering if his tenure with the Marlins was coming to an end.

“I think everybody can read between the lines where things were headed,’’ he said Wednesday before Miami’s 5-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

“You talk about two years of disappointment on my end, their end. Two seasons in a row you make (the) Opening Day (roster) and you get sent down and you don’t get called up in September. That’s pretty much self-explanatory right in your face.’’

This spring, Coghlan is healthy and looking a lot like he did in 2009 when he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
He goes into the final day of camp batting .311 with a homer and 17 RBIs in 19 games. He went 1-for-5 Wednesday and connected for a pinch-hit home run Tuesday.

“He has been great,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He is making the most of his opportunity. (Tuesday) it was just kind of a topper for him to get that pinch-hit home run. A nice swing off the bench.’’

Despite how well Coghlan has played, his bid to open the season with the Marlins depends in part on what the team does with outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Hernandez was pulled from Wednesday’s game in the third inning. He is not injured and Redmond offered no explanation for the move.

One reason could be that the Marlins have a deal in the works to trade Hernandez, who is competing with Coghlan for an outfield spot.

Coghlan, 27, has one minor league option left. Hernandez is out of options, meaning the Marlins would risk losing him on waivers if he’s not on the Opening Day roster.