Marlins’ Derek Dietrich fractures nose

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  “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.”

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.

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