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Dietrich sits out again with back spasms

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PHILADELPHIA -- Back spasms are keeping Derek Dietrich out of the lineup for two days, but the Marlins second baseman is hopeful he can return to action as early as Monday.

Dietrich was scratched from the lineup on Saturday, and to play it safe, he was also off on Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Back spasms are keeping Derek Dietrich out of the lineup for two days, but the Marlins second baseman is hopeful he can return to action as early as Monday.

Dietrich was scratched from the lineup on Saturday, and to play it safe, he was also off on Sunday.

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"My back tightened up on me," Dietrich said. "I guess back spasm or whatever. I got treatment all day yesterday. I'm available off the bench. Hopefully I'll be back in there [Monday]."

Manager Mike Redmond said he didn't plan on using Dietrich in the series finale at Philadelphia. The second baseman would only play in case of an extreme emergency. Jeff Baker started in place of Dietrich.

Dietrich felt some discomfort on Friday night while making a relay throw in the fifth inning on Jimmy Rollins' triple.

"I threw it, and my back started feeling a little weird," Dietrich said. "I woke up, it was a little tight. We just erred on the side of caution. I got a lot of treatment and [I'm] feeling a lot better today."

Dietrich has been starting at second base against right-handed pitchers, while Baker has been getting the call against lefties. The left-handed-hitting Dietrich is batting .313 with two home runs.

"He's better today," manager Mike Redmond said Sunday. "But his status is the same as yesterday. He's not playing today."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Miami Marlins