Derek Dietrich rejoined the Marlins Sunday with a chance to remain the team’s starting second baseman for the next two weeks if not longer.
Dietrich was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans in the wake of another injury to second baseman Rafael Furcal, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Furcal suffered the injury Saturday in the Marlins 4-0 loss to the Mets when he pulled up grabbing the back of his left leg as he was trying to beat out a double play. Furcal already missed the first two months of the season with an injury to his right hamstring and a groin injury.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said it could be some time before Furcal, 36, would be able to return.
“It’s going to be a while for [Furcal],” Redmond said. “It looks like it could be an extensive thing so we’re not putting a timetable on it right now.”
Dietrich, who got to the stadium early after catching a 6 a.m. flight out of New Orleans, hit .340 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 13 minor-league games since being demoted June 3.
Dietrich’s problem at the time was defense. He committed eight errors in 36 games tied for the most by a second baseman in the National League this season.
Dietrich made only one error in 13 games at New Orleans.
“I knew I’d have a chance to play every day and get in a routine and rhythm,” Dietrich said. “I’m glad to be back here and playing well. I went down there with the same mindset to get quality at-bats. I put together good games and had a lot of opportunities.”
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, but Redmond said he’d be available as a pinch-hitter. Redmond hopes he will be ready to start again when the Marlins play the Phillies starting Monday in Philadelphia.
Mets (34-41): Granderson rf; Murphy 2b; Wright 3b; Duda 1b; Nieuwenhuis cf; Tejada ss; Recker c; Niese p; Young, Jr. lf.
Marlins (37-37): Johnson lf; Lucas ss; Stanton rf; McGehee 3b; Ozuna cf; Baker 1b; Dietrich 2b; Mathis c; DeSclafani p.