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Miami Marlins put Rafael Furcal on disabled list, promote Derek Dietrich

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Derek Dietrich rejoined the Marlins on Sunday with a chance to remain the team’s starting second baseman for the next two weeks and possibly longer.

Dietrich was recalled from Triple A New Orleans after second baseman Rafael Furcal was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Furcal sustained the injury Saturday during the Marlins’ 4-0 loss to the Mets when he pulled up and grabbed the back of his left leg as he was trying to beat out a double play. Furcal missed the first two months of the season with an injury to his right hamstring and a groin injury.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said it could result in another extended amount of time on the disabled list for Furcal, 36, who went 6 for 35 (.171) with two RBI and four runs scored in nine games played.

“It’s going to be a while for [Furcal],” Redmond said. “It looks like it could be an extensive thing, so we’re not putting a timetable on it right now.”

The Marlins are hoping Dietrich can provide some help to their struggling lineup.

After hitting .263 as a team and averaging 4.6 runs scored over the first two months of the season, the Marlins entered Sunday’s game hitting only .235 and averaging only 3.6 runs per game.

Dietrich, who got to the stadium early after catching a 6 a.m. flight out of New Orleans, hit .340 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 13 minor-league games since being demoted June 3.

Dietrich hit in the seventh spot Sunday and went 1 for 4 with a double in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Marlins trailing 11-3. Dietrich had two strikeouts, including one in the sixth inning that left the bases loaded in a frame in which the Marlins scored three to cut the Mets lead to 7-3.

Dietrich’s defense was the real source of concern earlier this season. Dietrich committed eight errors in 36 games, tied for the most by a second baseman in the National League this season.

Dietrich, however, made only one error in 13 minor-league games.

“I knew I’d have a chance to play every day and get in a routine and rhythm,” Dietrich said. “I’m glad to be back here and playing well. I went down there with the same mind-set to get quality at-bats.

I put together good games and had a lot of opportunities.”

• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was kept out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game with a sore elbow.

Redmond said Hechavarria was available to pinch-hit but gave him an extra day of rest, hoping he could return to the lineup Monday when the Marlins open a four-game road series against the Phillies.

COMING UP

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-3, 3.76 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez (3-5, 4.52), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

•  Tuesday: Marlins LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1, 1.50) at Phillies RHP David Buchanan (3-3, 4.95), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

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