Marlins Notebook

Jose Fernandez’s grandmother, mother living with him this season

 
 
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez mother Maritza Fernandez, and his grandmother Olga Fernandez clap as he pitches his first strike out of the game in the first inning as they play the Colorado Rockies on the Marlins' opening night at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, March 31, 2014.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez mother Maritza Fernandez, and his grandmother Olga Fernandez clap as he pitches his first strike out of the game in the first inning as they play the Colorado Rockies on the Marlins' opening night at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, March 31, 2014.
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Jose Fernandez said there was no post-game celebration with his mother and grandma after Monday’s win.

“We went home. We were dead [tired],” Fernandez said. “Remember she’s getting used to things here now. In Cuba, [my grandmother] used to go to sleep at 8, 8:30. She eats at 4:30 or 5.”

Fernandez said he recently took his grandmother Olga out to eat at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse. “She couldn’t believe it,” he said. “So much food.”

He said she still hasn’t had the chance to cook him a home-cooked Cuban meal. But the opportunity figures to come soon. He said his grandmother and mother are living with him this season and will probably spend most of the year with him except for a few occasional trips back to Tampa, where Fernandez and his mom both have homes.

Fernandez said Olga is on a 5-year visa, but can’t stay longer than 364 consecutive days. So she’ll return home to Cuba and then back to Miami.

Fernandez said his grandmother plans to attend as many Marlins games as she can. She’s still very much interested, too, in the family’s hometown baseball team back in Cuba and follows the scores online.

“She’ll never get tired of watching baseball,” Fernandez said. “She said she used to play baseball and do all that stuff when she was little. One time I was playing in Cuba with a tennis ball, a game. You had to hit it with your hand and run. One time they hit a line drive and when I went to catch it, it passed by me and she caught it. I was like ‘Woah’ 

Confident Dietrich

Don’t tell Derek Dietrich his Opening Day roster spot was the result of Rafael Furcal landing on the disabled list.

“I don’t think that had anything to do with it,” Dietrich said. “I feel like I earned my roster spot.”

Furcal was to be the Marlins’ second baseman and leadoff hitter until a hamstring injury knocked him out of action. Dietrich, most assumed, was headed for the minors.

But Dietrich had a solid spring, hitting .320 with 10 RBI, while Furcal checked in with a .167 average in a limited number of at bats due to his injury.

With Furcal out of the picture, Dietrick is expected to handle the starting duties at second against right-handed pitching, with Jeff Baker receiving the nod when the Marlins are facing a lefty, as was case Monday when southpaw Jorge De La Rosa was on the mound for Colorado.

“I want to look at this in a positive way,” said Dietrich, who experienced highs and lows as a rookie last season. “I made the team, have a chance to help the team from the get-go. I’ve been locked in from pitch to pitch. It’s a challenge to get there every single at bat. But I’ve been challenging myself and it’s really showed.”

This and that

• Utility infielder Ed Lucas said he’ll have a pin placed in his fractured left hand on Wednesday and expects to miss four weeks. Lucas’ hand was broken by a Scott McGregor pitch on Thursday, only hours after learning he had won the battle for a spot on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster.

“I’m not a big cursor,” Lucas said of his immediate reaction upon being hit. “But, I let out a few expletives I probably shouldn’t have.”

• The Marlins have released pitcher Chad James, their first-round pick in 2009. James, the 18th overall pick that year, never panned out, going 18-41 with a 4.67 ERA in four minor league seasons. He never advanced past High A Jupiter.

• Outfielder Brent Keys, who was the Marlins’ minor league player of the year last season but has dealt with numerous leg injuries, had an epidural within the past week to pinpoint whether a bulging disc in his back is the cause. “They really think the whole time that he suffered from these leg injuries, it was a direct result of the back,” said Marty Scott, the Marlins’ vice president of player development.

COMING UP

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-6, 3.59 in 2013) vs. Colorado Rockies RHP Jordan Lyles (7-9, 5.59 in 2013), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-8, 3.74 in 2013) vs. Colorado Rockies LHP Franklin Morales (2-2, 4.62 in 2013), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.

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