6/22/2014 2:00 P.M. ET
Dietrich returns, hoping to boost Marlins' offense
By Steve Dorsey / Special to MLB.com
MIAMI -- Derek Dietrich tore it up at the plate in the Minor Leagues after being sent down earlier this month, and manager Mike Redmond hopes that the addition of Dietrich to the Major League lineup will provide a much-needed spark to a struggling offense.
Dietrich was called up from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday to replace second baseman Rafael Furcal, who returned to the disabled list after sustaining an injury to his left hamstring during Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Mets.
Dietrich was demoted on June 3 because of his defensive struggles (eight errors), but he wants to put that behind him and welcomes another chance to prove he belongs on the Major League roster.
"It's awesome to be back," said Dietrich, who arrived in Miami early Sunday morning. "While I was down there [at New Orleans], I had the same mind-set, the same approach. I just tried to help the ballclub win, and things worked out. ... I had a chance to play every day and get into a rhythm. I feel very confident. We're going to continue working and get into a routine and get better every single day."
In 13 games with New Orleans, Dietrich had a .340 average, with six home runs and 15 RBIs. The Marlins, meanwhile, have struggled on offense. They were shut out in two of the first three games of the series against the Mets and have scored a combined four runs in the last four games entering Sunday's series finale. The Marlins had a .263 team batting average and averaged 4.6 runs through the first two months of the season, but those stats have plummeted to .235 and 3.6, respectively, so far in June.
"We haven't really been beating the cover off the ball the last five or six games, so we'll give a couple of guys a day off and see if they can get it back together," Redmond said of tweaking his lineup on Sunday, which included the insertion of Dietrich. "You just plug other guys in there until guys get hot. Right now we need a spark."
Redmond hopes Dietrich will be able to deliver that spark.
"From what I've heard, he's played real well [in New Orleans]," Redmond said. "He's played with confidence, and hopefully that will continue for us."
Furcal placed on 15-day disabled list
MIAMI -- The Marlins, as expected, placed second baseman Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and recalled Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans to fill the open roster spot.
Furcal injured his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield double-play grounder in Miami's 4-0 loss to New York on Saturday.
It's another frustrating setback for the veteran infielder, who missed the first two months of the season with hamstring and groin injuries; manager Mike Redmond hinted during a pregame meeting with the media on Sunday that Furcal could be looking at another lengthy stint on the DL.
"It's going to be a while for him. It looks like it could be an extensive thing," Redmond said before the finale of the four-game series against the division-rival Mets at Marlins Park.
The starting lineup, particularly up the middle defensively, had a distinctively different look on Sunday. Dietrich, who arrived from New Orleans early in the morning, started at second and was batting seventh. Ed Lucas started his second consecutive game at shortstop in place of the injured Adeiny Hechavarria, but was moved up to the second spot in the order.
Redmond said that Hechavarria, who was scratched before Saturday's game with a sore right elbow, might be available if needed on Sunday.
"He's better today, but we figured we'd give him another day to make sure he's fully recovered," Redmond said.
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.