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JUPITER, Fla. -- Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich suffered a fractured nose when he took a bad-hop grounder from St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay off his face in the fifth inning of Thursday's Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium.
|Derek Dietrich, as seen here in the team clubhouse postgame, broke his nose when a grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the fifth of Thursday's game against St. Louis.|
Dietrich lay on the ground for about a minute before being escorted off the field by a trainer. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which revealed a small fracture on the bridge of his nose.
He also suffered a large bruise and cuts around his left eye. He returned to the park and told reporters after the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Cardinals that he's day to day.
It's nothing serious,'' Dietrich said. "I think I can get back in the lineup pretty soon. I got lucky. Right now I feel fine as far as my head. We'll ice it up today and see where we're at tomorrow.
"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, who hit .214 in 57 games as a rookie last season, is having a strong spring camp. He's hitting .361 (13-for-36) and has been playing second base while Rafael Furcal recovers from a strained hamstring.
"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. You don't want to see anybody get hurt this late in the spring. It looks like he's going to be OK, and it's just a matter of when we can get him back out there.''