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Marlins 2B Derek Dietrich’s nose busted by bad hop, team tweets end result (pic/vid)

Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich was victimized by the thing that infielders hate most: The bad hop. But instead of simply bungling a play and getting charged for an error, the unfortunately wicked bad hop actually inflicted some pretty serious damage on Dietrich as the ball bounced up and drilled him directly in the nose.

FOX Sports Florida reports that an x-ray after he was transported to the hospital revealed that Dietrich suffered a small fracture in his nose.

Dietrich fell to the ground instantly after the ball caromed off his face and bounced toward first base during the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. After a few minutes of being tended to on the field, Dietrich walked off under his own power with a towel covering his face.

“I was fine, I was talking to them,” Dietrich in the clubhouse after the game. “Obviously I was in some pain, but I’m OK now. I have no headaches or anything like that. See where I am tomorrow, monitor it and go from there.”

He may feel fine but he sure as heck doesn’t look fine, as evidenced by a photo tweeted by the Marlins.

Yamma hamma. That’s one swollen schnoz. He looks more boxer than ballplayer.

Dietrich was expected to compete for the Marlins’ Opening Day second baseman job if incumbent Rafael Furcal cannot recover from a bum hamstring in time.

“In the grand scheme of things even though he has a little fracture in there he’s going to be a day-to-day,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “That’s good for not only him but us. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt this late in spring. It looks like he’ll be OK. It’s just a matter of when we get him back out there.”