Marlins recall infielder Dietrich from Triple-A
Miami bolsters short-handed bench with lefty power bat who can play multiple spots
MIAMI -- The Marlins made their bench deeper and added some power in the process on Friday by recalling infielder Derek Dietrich from Triple-A New Orleans. Bringing up the left-handed-hitting second baseman once again gives manager Dan Jennings 13 position players.
Miami had been going with 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster for a couple of weeks. But after Thursday's 6-0 win over the Rockies, lefty Adam Conley was optioned to New Orleans. Dietrich, who had regular big league playing time early in 2014, has 14 homers in 106 career Major League games.
"We just felt like it was time to go back and have a five-man bench again," Jennings said. "We'd been playing a little short. But going to Colorado and to Toronto, we felt like that is what we needed to do at the time. Certainly having Dietrich here gives us a little power off the bench from the left side."
Dietrich, who turns 26 on July 18, has played mostly second base. However, he's also seen action at third base and first base in the Minors.
In 56 games at New Orleans this year, Dietrich was batting .260/.357/.458 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs.
Dietrich spent time in 2013-14 with Miami, and he is a career .220 hitter in 373 at-bats.
The Marlins plan on using Dietrich mostly as a situational player, to pinch-hit and make a spot start in the infield. Third base and second are his likely spots on the field.
"His primary role right now will be a left-handed bat off the bench," Jennings said. "We'll pick our spots. He will get some playing time at first, second and third. If we need to give our guys a [day off], he can go to those spots and give us quality."