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Marlins option 2B Derek Dietrich back down to Triple A to work on his defense; could Furcal be on his way up?

Second baseman Derek Dietrich has been optioned back to Triple A New Orleans, the Marlins announced after Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Despite starting 36 games at second base this season and producing some pop at the plate against right-handers (.256, 5 HRs, 16 RBI), Dietrich has had plenty of defensive struggles. He's committed seven errors at second, tied with the Braves' Dan Uggla for the most in baseball.

"We're just in a situation where we want to make sure he plays," manager Mike Redmond said. "There's some defensive things we obviously want him to work out. It doesn't do him any good to [sit]. He needs to play.

"He's still a young guy. We love him. We love what he can do. He just needs to be a little more consistent. I think he understands that. We know he'll go down there and work hard not just on his defense, but all aspects of his game. This guy is a big leaguer. It's all about consistency up here in the big leagues. But I know he'll go down there and do what he needs to do to get here as soon as possible."

Redmond said the team will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday.

Could veteran Rafael Furcal be on his way up to join the Marlins in Tampa? There's definitely a chance. Redmond said Monday Furcal is supposed to go to Double A Jacksonville on Thursday. But he's played well thus far in five minor league games for Single A Jupiter and left after playing only seven innings Tuesday night. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored in that game.

> Count Redmond as somebody very thankful third baseman Casey McGehee wasn't hurt in Tuesday's win. McGehee was standing in the on-deck circle when Giancarlo Stanton broke his bat on a lineout to short in the fourth inning. The barrel of the bat hit McGehee in the ribs.

"Man that was scary," Redmond said. "I think that kind of hit him in the ribs and elbow. I saw the bat break. A lot of times you watch the ball, but my eyes never left the bat. It was coming at me, but clipped Casey. Thankfully he was alright. If that was a foot up he's in trouble. It was scary."


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Lou Vales

AQNYBODY!! Furcal is on a rehab assignment, correct?? It's not a skills honing assignment, correct?? If you are "physically fit" to play in the Florida State League, why are you not PHYSICALLY FIT to play in The Major Leagues? I'm going to assume he is not hurt or he would not be playing anywhere, correct?? I am really not understanding this. He had had more AB's that players get in spring training before they break camp. Is he being paid that kind of money to play against the Lakeland Tigers?

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I hope Dietrich bats .450 @ NOLA and Furcal goes 0 for his first 100.

This entire management team should be working out of Orlando, because they are about as Mickey Mouse as anything I've ever seen.


Dionysus Thelxinoe, I like Dietrich, but he needed to go down period. He cost the Marlins at least 3 games this season with bad fielding. He needs to steady himself in the minors. Mickey Mouse, you must not know much about THIS YEAR's team.


Batting well at Jupiter does not mean Furcal is ready for MLB pitching. However, the only reasonable option right now is to bring up Brantly through the weekend, if he has options to allow additional demotions.

A Realist

Dietrich has been downright awful at 2nd defensively. He has cost us more than 3 games this season. It seemed like every game he was committing errors. Offensively I'm not going to lose sleep over him not being in the lineup, either. He's batting somewhere in the .250's. Why should he be kept in the majors? We can bring up someone older (Furcal) or younger (I don't know who?) who at least doesn't commit errors and still bats .250. Why has it been so difficult for this franchise to find consistent help at 1st and 2nd? Unreal.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Realist, read my post on the next thread about statistics. Then consider the idea that lineups are synergistic. Yes, Dietrich has made errors. And you know what? So has Hech. So has Salty Pepperlamacchia. It's not difficult to find weaknesses in players. But there is one stat that does not lie, and that is the won-lost record, and the fact of the matter is that Dietrich has been a part of that.

Dietrich is being sent down because this team's management is myopic and bottom-line oriented (Tejada??? Puh-leeze!)

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