MIAMI -- Derek Dietrich got good news on his left wrist after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. The Marlins' second baseman was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and immediately left the field to have X-rays, which proved negative.The injury appears to be limited to a bone
MIAMI -- Derek Dietrich got good news on his left wrist after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. The Marlins' second baseman was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and immediately left the field to have X-rays, which proved negative.
The injury appears to be limited to a bone bruise, and Dietrich's status is day to day.
"Dodged another one," said Dietrich prior to Thursday's series finale with the Pirates at Marlins Park. "That's two in three games."
Dietrich was struck in the back of the head by a foul ball while in the dugout at Atlanta on Sunday.
"It's nothing that I'm not accustomed to," said Dietrich, who was hit for the ninth time this season and 39th time in four years in the Majors. "I get hit by plenty of balls; luckily this one worked out where I shouldn't miss any time. It's a little sore, but I think I could give it a go if I had to tonight; maybe a pinch-hit role or something like that."
Still, it was a scary moment and one that could have done some serious damage.
"It just kind of scared me," Dietrich said. "I never got hit on the wrist like that; it's usually my elbow or my arm or something like that. It went numb for a little bit. That was the thing that kind of freaked me out a little bit. Hopefully it just struck a nerve.
"Everything came back OK. It's just a bone bruise. I got it treated immediately and it feels better today. So we'll just keep treating it and manage the pain and play through it and get back out there as soon as possible."
Dietrich said the best part about the HBP is it led to the game-winning run Wednesday. Adeiny Hechavarria followed with an RBI double, scoring pinch-runner Miguel Rojas.
"We needed to get on base," Dietrich said. "That one I wasn't trying to get hit, for sure. But sometimes that's how you have to win the ballgame. I'm glad that I was able to get on base and give us a chance to win."
Establishing his place at the plate is the reason Dietrich said he is so often hit by pitches.
"I'm a firm believer, I don't really move [from the batter's box]," he said. "It's my box and I stay in it. If they throw in my box, it's an opportunity to get on base. You're not trying to ever get him high up on the hands, wrist. You see a lot of bad things happen when you get hit there.
"It's the batter's box, it's not the pitcher's box. He's got a plate to throw it over, and if he doesn't, that's his fault."
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Thursday.