Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich fractured his nose after a ground ball took a bad hop and hit him in the face.
Dietrich laid on the ground for a minute after the Cardinals’ Jon Jay grounder hit him in the fifth inning. Dietrich was helped off the field by a trainer and taken to a local hospital for X-rays. Dietrich was diagnosed with a fracture and also has a bruise on his nose.
“It’s nothing serious,” Dietrich said according to ESPN.com. “I think I can get back in the lineup pretty soon.”
“He hit that pitch pretty hard. It was a bullet – one hop right off my noggin. You don’t see that a lot, especially on major league fields. It just took a tricky hop.”
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Dietrich played in 57 games last season as a rookie and hit .214 with nine home runs and 23 runs batted in. He is hitting 13-for-36 (.361 average.) Dietrich has played in place of Rafael Furcal who is recovering from a strained hamstring. Dietrich is expected to play behind Furcal at second base and Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop.
“He’s done a great job,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We’ve gotten him out there a lot, and he’s swinging the bat well.”
Dietrich was drafted by the Rays in the second round of the 2010 draft. Dietrich was called up by the Marlins on May 8 last season due to injuries to Donavon Solano and Chris Valaika.