JUPITER (AP) — Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich broke his nose when he was struck in the face by a bad-hop single during the Marlins’ 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Dietrich was hit by Jon Jay’s batted ball that hopped up at him while setting up for a double play in the fifth. Dietrich, who walked off the field holding a towel to his face, did not need stitches. He said he was day to day.
“They told me, ‘Ice it up, take some Tylenol and see where we’re at in the morning,'” said Dietrich, who was back at Roger Dean Stadium shortly after having X-rays at a local hospital.
“I was talking the whole time, but obviously was in some pain,” he said. “I’m feeling okay and have no headaches. It could’ve been a lot worse.”
Marlins manager Mike Redmond was relieved that Dietrich wasn’t seriously injured.
“You don’t want to see anyone get hurt this late in the spring but it looks like he’ll be okay and it’s just a matter of when we get him back out there.”
Marcell Ozuna hit his first home run of the spring in the sixth inning, a tie-breaking shot to left field on a 2-0 pitch. Ozuna hadn’t had a hit in his last four games.
Jose Fernandez struck out eight in six innings but gave up three runs and five hits.
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