The Miami Marlins are hoping infielder Derek Dietrich will return to the club on Saturday following a rehab stint with the Jacksonville Suns, the team’s Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.
Dietrich was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a leg contusion. He has spent time playing second base and at first base for the team this season.
Should he be able to resume playing in the majors on Saturday, he will be on the roster when the team takes on the Cleveland Indians.
According to Joe Frisano of MLB.com, the Marlins are watching his progress closely to make sure he is ready to rejoin the ball club.
Dietrich was sent to Double-A to get back into playing regularly. He went hitless in four at-bats on Saturday. He posted a .276 average with four homers and 32 RBIs in 106 games.
"Just getting him back playing and getting him back in rhythm," Mattingly said.
The Marlins got some other good news while they have been keeping tabs on Dietrich. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton did some light running over the weekend following his sever groin injury that has placed him on the disabled list. He has also easing into some throwing and swinging drills, but the Marlins insist there is no change in the timetable of a possible return for the three-time All-Star right fielder, per Frisano’s report. The news of there being any baseball activity by the team’s home run leader has to be a positive, to say the least.
Stanton showed some encouraging signs during stretching on Saturday when the club took full batting practice. On Sunday, the team didn't take BP, which is common for matinees after night games. But on Saturday, Stanton did some light running in the outfield.
"He's doing his rehab," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He was outside [Saturday] doing some things. He was starting to move around.
Stanton has been outspoken about making a comeback this season to help the team during the stretch run toward the playoffs. While he has been out of the lineup, Miami has traded for right fielder Jeff Francoeur and called up slugger Xavier Scruggs. Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has also seen time in the outfield in his absence.