Miami infielder will play in hometown as Marlins travel to Cleveland

Derek Dietrich returns to the Miami Marlins in time to play in front of his hometown against the Indians

The Miami Marlins have announced that infielder Derek Dietrich has returned to the club after a rehab assignment with the Jacksonville Suns, the team’s Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.

Dietrich had been on the 15-day disabled list with a leg contusion. He will join the team as the Marlins play Cleveland this weekend.

Dietrich played in five games for the Suns, hitting .167 (3-for-18) with two walks and he was twice hit by a pitch in Pensacola.

Dietrich was rehabbing back from a right knee contusion, and had been on Miami’s disabled list since August 19. Dietrich has played in the majors all season for the Marlins, hitting .276 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in in 106 games played for the Marlins, mostly playing at second base or first base.

Dietrich has played for the Marlins in parts of four seasons since 2013, and is a career .248 hitter with 28 home runs and 96 RBI. Dietrich spent most of his 2013 season with the Jacksonville Suns, hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI, his first season in the Miami organization after being acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar on Dec. 4, 2012.

Dietrich, who grew up in Cleveland used to have dreams of playing for the Indians as a child. Now he will compete against them in front of family and friends.

“I used to play here at least once a year with my high school, St. Ignatius,” Dietrich said. “But this will be my first time as a professional, and I’ve been waiting for a long time. I’m very happy I made it back [from the DL] in time.”

There will be about 60 members of the St. Ignatius baseball program on hand to watch him play Saturday.

“I think for any player to be able to play in their hometown, as close as it is for me — I’m only about 10 or 12 minutes away from here — yeah, I’m very happy to be back and play in Cleveland,” he said.

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