CHICAGO -- Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich has reached base in each of the first 14 games he played since his ascension to the Major Leagues on May 8.
"He's done a really nice job," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I think all of us, when he came up, we weren't sure just what to expect both offensively and defensively. He's proved he can play second base, and play it well."
Dietrich rotated between second base and shortstop in the Minor Leagues, and the Marlins weren't sold on the rookie as an everyday second baseman. But with second Donovan Solano on the disabled list, the Marlins had a hole to fill in the infield.
Redman said Dietrich, who has homered in two straight games against the White Sox, has worked hard to get better at the position since his callup and has proved he can improve when he puts in the time. Redman even left open the possibility of experimenting with Dietrich at third base later in the season because the rookie possesses a particularly strong arm.
Dietrich's 14-game stretch is the second longest in Marlins history behind Kevin Millar's 17-game stretch to start his career from April 11, 1998 to June 6, 1999.
"I've been impressed with the way he's handled himself," Redmond said. "He wants to stay. Any time as a manager, you sit out there and you watch your guys, how they act and how they prepare, this is a kid that wants it. He wants to be in the big leagues. He wants to have a successful career. We've all noticed that. To be honest, it's fun to watch those guys play. You cheer for them."
Slowey on target for Tuesday start
CHICAGO -- Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game in Chicago and said he felt no pain in the lat muscle that tightened up on him during his start on Wednesday.
Manager Mike Redmond said Slowey is on target for his next start on Tuesday, which will be in his regular spot in the rotation and provide six days of rest because of Miami's recent off-day on Thursday.
"You want to be healthy as often as you can, and sometimes you can't control it," Slowey said. "But it doesn't mean you don't worry about it. You're like, 'I'd really like this to be minor,' and luckily it was."
Luckily for Slowey, this was an injury the Marlins training staff felt it could control. During his start on Wednesday, Slowey ventured to the back of the dugout for some extra stretching when Miami's three trainers noticed his lat muscle was cramping. As a precautionary measure, the trainers decided to cut Slowey's outing short and closely monitor the situation.
Slowey has battled injuries throughout his career. He spent a considerable amount of the 2012 season on the Minor League disabled list with a broken rib.
"I was very thankful for how they handled it, especially after my history of the last couple years," Slowey said. "Our training staff felt that it's something I could work through. I have no worries at all."
Solano close to beginning rehab assignment
CHICAGO -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond said second baseman Donovan Solano (strained left intercostal muscle) will be called to extended spring camp on Monday to participate in baseball activities. If all goes well, Solano could start a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as next week.
"He's been feeling better every day," Redmond said. "We need to get guys healthy and back on the field. It's going to be big for us. When we get [Mike] Stanton and [Logan Morrison] back, it'll change our lineup."
Morrison (right knee surgery) continues his rehab with Class A Jupiter as a designated hitter on Saturday night. If all goes well, he could be sent to Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday. He's been swapping between first base and designated hitter with the Marlins' other rehabbing first baseman, Casey Kotchman (strained left hamstring).
Redman said Stanton (strained right hamstring) is far from participating in a Minor League rehab assignment, but he has been hitting and running on the field. He wasn't aware of a time frame for the star outfielder to start playing in games.
Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) throws his first rehab start for Jupiter on Saturday. He is scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches for the Hammerheads.
"It'll be good," Redmond said. "It's a big night for him. He's on his way back, and hopefully everything will go well."
Ethan Asofsky is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.