Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By Christina De Nicola  |  Last updated 3/24/14
JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich debuted a new accessory Monday morning for a minor-league intrasquad game. Dietrich, who sustained a small fracture on the bridge of his nose last Thursday, wore a clear mask to protect his face when he played second base. It marked his first action in a game since a high hop off the bat of Jon Jay hit him on a would-be double play. He went 0 for 4. The 24-year-old plans on using the mask, which was made by the same doctor who created LeBron James' last month, over the next 10 days. He placed eye black stickers on it to help with the glare. "It's not affecting vision or defense or anything like that,"€ Dietrich said. "He's pretty much an artist back there, a sculptor in his office. He sends it to get molded. It comes back and he cuts it and works it around the eyes and mouth. It's a process." First base coach Perry Hill will hold onto the mask when Dietrich is at the plate. If he gets on, he will wear it to run. Dietrich hopes to return for the Grapefruit League game on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Had it not been a minor fracture, the injury generally takes 2-3 weeks to fully heal. "This thing's feeling pretty good," Dietrich said. "It's a lot better than we anticipated. Not really any bruising or swelling. It was minimal. Play it by ear." INJURY UPDATES Along with Dietrich, Rafael Furcal and Greg Dobbs made appearances in the intrasquad minor-league game that was cut short by rain. Furcal went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles and a run as the designated hitter. The second baseman initially strained his hamstring March 10 and re-aggravated it five days later. "Today will be a test for him to see how he feels, how he runs,"€ Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I'm interested to watch and see how he moves. Not sure (whether he'll be ready for Opening Day). We need to see him extend out, be able to run and turn it loose. That's what we're looking for." Dobbs (lower body) finished 1 for 3 with a single at first base. He also hit a fly ball that was caught at the warning track in right and a liner snared by the first baseman. "Get those guys out there and get them some at-bats and get them moving around and see where they're at," Redmond said. "That's a good sign. Good to get them back on the field." SKIPWORTH The Marlins reassigned catcher Kyle Skipworth to minor-league camp on Monday morning. Skipworth, 24, went 0 for 11 over parts of 11 spring training games. He will start the season in Triple-A New Orleans. There are now 38 players left in camp, including the two Opening Day catchers -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis -- with one week of spring training remaining. WORTH NOTING -- Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who left Sunday's game with a cramp, went through baseball activities on Monday. Redmond gave him the day off but expects him in the lineup on Tuesday. "I'm OK,"€ Ozuna said. "I'm good to go." -- The Marlins' pitching schedule for the week is as follows: Jose Fernandez (Tuesday), Nathan Eovaldi (Wednesday), Brad Hand (Thursday) and Jacob Turner (Friday). Henderson Alvarez will start a minor-league game on Thursday. -- The Marlins received a scare on Sunday when Tigers righty Joe Nathan hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the ninth inning. Redmond initially thought it got the 24-year-old slugger in the back of the hand, but it hit him on the forearm. "I think you're always concerned, but at the same time too guys are competing and guys are trying to get him out and he's trying to get a big hit off of them," Redmond said. "You just hope if he does get hit it's not a big injury. Guys get hit all the time -- it's a part of the game. You don't want to see guys get hurt."€ You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.
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