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Even Dietrich has a limit to number of plunkings he can take

While Derek Dietrich brushed off the first 21 of his league-leading plunkings this season, the 22nd — a direct hit to his right knee during the previous home stand — proved too painful to ignore.
While Derek Dietrich brushed off the first 21 of his league-leading plunkings this season, the 22nd — a direct hit to his right knee during the previous home stand — proved too painful to ignore. mocner@miamiherald.com

Superman he is not.

Derek Dietrich, nicknamed the “Man of Steel” because of his propensity for getting hit by pitches, was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being hit by one pitch too many.

While Dietrich brushed off the first 21 of his league-leading plunkings this season, the 22nd — a direct hit to his right knee during the previous home stand — proved too painful to ignore.

As a result, the Marlins added him to their mounting list of injured players.

“We’ve got to get this guy healthy and not let this thing linger,” said manager Don Mattingly.

Dietrich tried playing through the injury during the Cincinnati series. But when it didn’t improve when the team was in Pittsburgh, the Marlins decided it was best to place him on the DL.

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“His knee kind of lingered longer than we wanted,” Mattingly said. “He struggled a little bit. So we said let’s bite the bullet because we know we’re going to need him. Let’s get him healthy. Get that thing 100 percent.”

Since Dee Gordon is ineligible for postseason play due to his drug suspension earlier in the season, Mattingly said the Marlins will need a healthy Dietrich if the Marlins reach the playoffs.

“If we get there, he’s going to be the second baseman,” Mattingly said.

ARCIA STEPS IN

The Marlins filled Dietrich’s roster spot Tuesday with Oswaldo Arcia, a 24-year-old power-hitting corner outfielder they claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Arcia, 25, was the No. 3 prospect for the Minnesota Twins in 2012 and lived up his billing — totaling 34 home runs his first two seasons in the majors.

But not long after the Twins traded him to Tampa Bay in June for a player to be named later, he ended up on the disabled list with an elbow injury. The Marlins determined that he is now healthy and can provide some left-handed pop off the bench.

▪ To clear room for Arcia on their 40-man roster, the Marlins transferred first baseman Justin Bour to the 60-day disabled list. Bour (ankle sprain) is eligible to come off the DL on Sept. 3.

PITCHING UPDATE

Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to throw off the mound Wednesday for the first time since landing on the DL with a left elbow sprain. Whether Chen returns to the rotation before the end of the season remains to be seen.

“Everything has been going great so far, but I can’t say for sure,” Chen said. “But maybe, if everything goes well, I’m going to be back at the end of September. But there’s nothing guaranteed. It’s just a hope.”

Adam Conley remains confident that he’ll pitch again this season, but hasn’t been given a timetable on when he might return.

“We’re doing the best we can and the progress has been really good,” Conley said of the injured finger on his throwing hand. “But right now, there’s no telling. It’s just tough to say.”

Conley has not been throwing in order to give the injury time to heal.

“I would love to start throwing a baseball now, but I don’t know if that’s the right thing,” he said.

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (12-7, 3.05) vs. Kansas City Royals RHP Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.52), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-8, 3.82) vs. Kansas City Royals RHP Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.04), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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