Dietrich fractures nose on bad-hop grounder
JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich sustained a non-displaced fracture to the top of his nose in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
The injury occurred in the fifth inning when Jon Jay’s bad-hop single redirected and clipped Dietrich on the top of the nose. The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital for X-rays, which revealed a non-displaced fracture.
The Marlins are listing the left-handed hitting infielder as day-to-day. The team also will explore a protect guard for Dietrich to wear.
“It’s a broken nose, but it’s non-displaced, so no surgery or anything like that,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “It will heal naturally. We’ll look for something protective for him to wear.”
Dietrich is trying to make the team, and he’s enjoying a strong Spring Training, batting .361.
With Rafael Furcal recovering from a strained left hamstring, Dietrich has been in position to win a starting spot at second. How much time he misses will determine whether it hurts his chances of breaking camp with the club or starting off in Triple-A New Orleans.
Donovan Solano is another candidate to play second base.
“I do have a small fracture on the top of the nose, but it’s nothing serious,” Dietrich said. “I’m going to ice it. We’re taking it day-to-day. It’s not serious. I think I can get back in there pretty soon.”
Dietrich wasn’t wearing sunglasses, which as it turned out, was a good thing. A small cut didn’t require stitches.
“The doctor said it would have been worse if I had them on,” Dietrich said. “A lot of times, that could cut around the eye. Obviously, I have a cut. There were on the top of the hat. They flew off. I got lucky. Right now, I feel. We’ll see where I am at tomorrow.”
– Joe Frisaro