MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH
Second baseman Derek Dietrich has emerged as the Marlins' latest pleasant surprise.
Following the solid play of former Class AA Jacksonville teammate Marcell Ozuna, Dietrich has cemented himself as the team's starting second baseman.
Dietrich has played well since replacing injured second baseman Donovan Solano. But he received an official endorsement Monday when Solano came off the DL and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
"Unfortunately, in this game, sometimes when you get hurt, it's not a guarantee that you're going to be back out there when you're healthy," manager Mike Redmond said. "Dietrich came up, he got an opportunity, and he's done a tremendous job. He's gotten some huge hits for us."
Dietrich has six home runs since he was called up May 8, including three in his last five games.
His first five homers either tied the game or gave his team the lead, making him only the 13th player to do that.
"He's come out, and he's done a great job, and he's won that job," Redmond said.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Cardinals (Tyler Lyons, 2-2, 3.51) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez, 3-3, 3.17).
--RHP Kevin Slowey, who tossed seven scoreless innings of relief in a 20-inning Marlins win over the Mets on Saturday, was not nearly as good in his start against the Brewers on Wednesday. Even though he came in with a 3-0 record and a 2.55 ERA in five previous starts against Milwaukee, Slowey was hit hard on Wednesday. He allowed nine hits and six runs, five of them earned, in five innings. He did not walk a batter and is now 0-4 with a 5.15 ERA in eight home starts this season.
"We asked him to do a lot after throwing (seven) innings in New York and coming back on three days' rest," manager Mike Redmond said. "But testament to him, he gave us everything he had. He just didn't have as good of command."
--RHP Ricky Nolasco is on the trading block, according to reports on ESPN.com and CBSSports.com. The Giants, Yankees and Orioles are reportedly the front-runners for Nolasco's services, and the deal could happen well before the July 31 trade deadline. Nolasco, who has been with the Marlins since 2006, could fetch a decent prospect or prospects in return.
--3B Placido Polanco, 37, may be playing his way out of a starting job. He is out with a back injury, and rookie Ed Lucas is faring well in his place. Chris Coghlan, when he returns from injury, is another possibility at third, and 2013 first-round pick Colin Moran could arrive as soon as 2014. Polanco's numbers this season are all career lows: .227 batting average, .286 on-base percentage and .542 OPS. His career numbers in those three categories are .297, .342 and .741.
--LF Juan Pierre went 1-for-4 and extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games. During the streak, he is hitting .368 with one double, one triple and four steals.
--RF Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with the Marlins' only RBI on Wednesday. He has at least one hit in each of the three games since returning from the disabled list.
--RHP Jose Fernandez will face the Cardinals for the first time in his career when he makes his next start, Friday in Miami. He is 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA in five home starts this season. Among six rookie pitchers who have made at least 10 starts, Fernandez has the lowest batting average allowed (.208).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "This was probably the worst game we played all year. We're definitely disappointed, but that happens sometimes." -- Manager Mike Redmond, after the Marlins lost 10-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Placido Polanco (lower-back stiffness) left the June 10 game. Polanco said he hopes to return to action June 14.
--1B Casey Kotchman (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9.
--2B Donovan Solano (strained left intercostal muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on June 4. He was activated and optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 10.
--1B Joe Mahoney (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on May 21. He was activated and optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 10.
--CF Chris Coghlan (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He initially was placed on the DL with nerve irritation in his right calf, but an MRI showed the back injury.
--RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27.
--RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on May 25, and he made rehab starts for Double-A Jacksonville on June 4 and June 9. He will make another start June 13.
--LF Matt Diaz (left knee bone contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19.
--INF Chris Valaika (broken left wrist) is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after fracturing his wrist May 6. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He had surgery where two pins were inserted into his broken left wrist on May 10.
--RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7. He will begin his rehab assignment June 13 at Class A Jupiter.
--RHP Jose Ceda (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31 after suffering a setback in spring training.
--OF Alfredo Silverio (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31.
RHP Ricky Nolasco
RHP Kevin Slowey
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Tom Koehler
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Dan Jennings
LHP Edgar Olmos
1B Logan Morrison
2B Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Placido Polanco
INF Ed Lucas
INF Greg Dobbs
LF Juan Pierre
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Justin Ruggiano