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Miami Marlins call up Derek Dietrich to add infield depth

Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich runs to home plate after hitting the winning home run in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter March 10, 2015.
Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich runs to home plate after hitting the winning home run in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter March 10, 2015. El Nuevo Herald

Derek Dietrich is back.

The Marlins on Friday recalled their 2014 Opening Day second baseman from Triple A New Orleans to provide some power off the bench.

Miami, which optioned pitcher Adam Conley back down to Triple A after Thursday’s win, had been going with 13 pitchers and 12 position players to have some extra arms with four starters on the disabled list.

Dietrich, who was an error machine (11 in 49 games) before he was sent back to the minors, played some first base for New Orleans and could be used there, manager Dan Jennings said. Dietrich has only played second and third base in the majors.

▪ Jennings said before Friday’s game the Marlins still hadn’t decided whether pitcher Jarred Cosart will make one more rehab assignment in New Orleans or come off the disabled list and rejoined the team.

Cosart gave up nine hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings, but didn’t walk anyone and was hitting 94-97 mph on the radar gun, according to Jennings.

Learning experience

Marlins closer A.J. Ramos isn’t one of those pitchers who flushes bad performances down the toilet. He prefers to feed off them.

After serving up the game-winning home run to Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and blowing his first save as closer in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Ramos said he’s kept replaying the moment in his mind as motivation.

“Obviously you want to forget about it, but I don’t take that approach for the most part. I leave it with me so that next time I’m out there it kind of fuels me,” he said.

Encarnacion jumped on a first-pitch cutter from Ramos, who said he’s starting to notice a trend: hitters are approaching him and swinging early in the count at his cutter. Ramos said he’ll adjust.

“I've got three other pitches I can throw for strikes,” Ramos said.

Family matters

Dee Gordon had a rough series earlier this week in Toronto (1 for 13), but it still turned out to be a pretty good stretch off the field for the Marlins leadoff man and second baseman.

He had two family members taken in the Major League Draft, and his former Seminole Community College roommate, Giants pitcher Chris Heston, threw a no-hitter on Tuesday.

“We text each other all the time,” Gordon said of Heston. “He always talks about how he struck me out in our first inter squad game. But in the minor leagues I got a hit off him. So I always talk trash about that.”

Monday, 18-year-old left-handed pitcher Juan Hillman — whom Dee refers to as his little brother — was taken with the 59th overall pick by the Cleveland Indians.

Gordon's father Tom became Hillman’s legal guardian four years ago to help the young ballplayer get his baseball career on track and to ease the burden on Hillman’s mother, who had other children who needed her attention.

“It’s just a blessing for Juan to get drafted,” said Dee Gordon, who has run baseball and basketball camps in the winter at his old high school in Avon Park to help promote sports to kids. “My dad does a lot for people. For him to do that [take Hillman in] it was nothing out of the norm for us.”

Lakeland High first baseman Tyrone Perry, Gordon’s cousin, was drafted in the 14th round by the Brewers.

COMING UP

▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (1-4, 6.12) vs. Rockies RHP David Hale (2-0, 4.12), 4:10 p.m.

▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Dan Haren (6-2, 3.12), vs. Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (3-2, 5.53), 1:10 p.m.

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