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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Derek Dietrich suffers fractured nose

By Jerry Crasnick
ESPN.com

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
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.''