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Derek Dietrich miffed that fielding muff given to teammate

WASHINGTON -- 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. (Dietrich's wide throw caused Jones to stretch to make the catch, and the ball glanced off the first baseman's arm.)

"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's 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's already committed as many fielding errors in those three games, and in just 27 total chances, as he did in all 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."

Marlins infield coach Perry Hill raved about Dietrich's defensive attributes during spring training.

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. I'm disappointed in myself a little bit because that's not how I play defense, and usually I'm pretty solid out there."

With the Nationals sending out lefty Gio Gonzalez tonight to open the three-game series, Jeff Baker is starting at second.

> The Marlins have signed pitcher/outfielder Micah Owings [stats] 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.

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