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Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich unhappy about favorable scoring change

cspencer@MiamiHerald.comApril 9, 2014 

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San Diego Padres' Chris Denorfia, left, safely steals second base as Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich, right, is unable to field a bad throw by catcher Yasmani Grandal in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, April 6, 2014. The Padres won 4-2. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

ALAN DIAZ — AP

— Second baseman Derek Dietrich had one of his three fielding errors expunged from his stat sheet, and he’s not pleased about it.

Dietrich, who has been shaky defensively, was charged with an error in Saturday’s game. But the league reviewed the play at the request of Dietrich’s agent, and the scoring decision was changed, with the error going instead to first baseman Garrett Jones, who couldn’t come up with Dietrich’s off-target throw.

“I found out that, unfortunately, it was on my agent’s part — without my knowledge,” Dietrich said. “It’s not what I’m about. I wasn’t actually happy about it because going from a teammate to a teammate, you don’t want that. I made it clear that won’t ever happen again.”

The scoring change aside, it has been a rocky past few weeks for Dietrich defensively. He was struck in the face by a bad-hop ground ball in spring training, breaking his nose. Because he’s used against right-handers and the Marlins have faced a load of southpaws early on, Dietrich has made just three starts.

But he has already committed as many errors in three games — and in a matter of only 27 total chances — as he did in 57 games last season with the Marlins. And he could have easily been charged with another error Saturday on a play that was ruled an infield hit.

It left manager Mike Redmond wondering if, perhaps, Dietrich’s troubles stem from his spring training injury.

“I don’t know if maybe it’s a residual from spring training, getting hit in the face,” Redmond said. “Sometimes you make a mistake, or a ball takes a bad hop, and sometimes that can get in your head a little bit. But I’m not worried about him. He’s a confident kid and just needs to go out there and play a clean game of defense, and he’ll be fine. I’m not worried about it.”

Dietrich said the bad hop that struck him in the face has nothing to do with his fielding issues.

“I was just rushing a little bit late,” he said. “It’s kind of unlike me. My defense has been pretty steady throughout my time in the big leagues and the minor leagues.’’

• The Marlins have signed pitcher/outfielder Micah Owings to a minor-league contract. Owings, who last played in the majors in 2012, will be used exclusively as a pitcher by the Marlins, who have him preparing in extended spring training and will likely assign him to Triple A New Orleans once he’s ready.

• The Marlins have been extremely pleased with Carlos Marmol, who has displayed none of the control problems that have plagued him in the past. Marmol, in four appearances covering four innings, has issued only one walk.

Over his career, Marmol has averaged 6.1 walks per nine innings.

“The key to him is strikes,” Redmond said. “I look for him to be a big part of that bullpen. That’s why we got him.”

Coming up

•  Wednesday: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 1.80), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (1-0, 3.00) at Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.10), 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park.

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