Rojas hurts shoulder; Marlins hope no DL stint

Rojas hurts shoulder; Marlins hope no DL stint

MIAMI -- The Marlins' infield depth once again is being tested as second baseman Miguel Rojas exited Monday's 10-0 loss to the Pirates at Marlins Park after the third inning with right shoulder irritation.

The injury occurred during his only at-bat, when he ripped a sharp line drive to center. On the swing, he grimaced in pain as he favored his right arm.

"As soon as I took the swing, I felt something in my shoulder," Rojas said. "I think I irritated my right shoulder a little bit. Right now I'm day to day. We'll see how it feels tomorrow, and I hope I can play through it."

Derek Dietrich entered at second base in the fourth inning. Dietrich was back playing a day after he was struck by a foul ball in the back of his head on Sunday in a 7-3 win at Atlanta.

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"They're calling it shoulder irritation right now, and minor," manager Don Mattingly said. "They think he's going to be OK."

The Marlins are hopeful Rojas may be out just a few days and can avoid a disabled list stint. No X-ray was taken, but Rojas will be re-evaluated on Tuesday morning.

"It's something they took me out as a precaution thing," Rojas said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. Throwing is not a big deal; it's just when I swing the bat. I gotta see tomorrow if I can do it."

Rojas, batting .268, is one of Miami's most versatile players. He offers depth at all four infield positions and frequently has been used at first base as a defensive replacement in the late innings.

"As soon as I swung the bat, I felt something on my shoulder," Rojas said. "Donnie approached me in the dugout and said, 'Hey, try to not to risk anything and we'll take you out of the game.'"

Being without Rojas also means the club doesn't have a natural backup shortstop in case something happened to Adeiny Hechavarria. Dietrich did play shortstop in college, but not the big leagues.

The Marlins have been shorthanded already with Giancarlo Stanton being out since last Wednesday. The club is hopeful the slugger, who is dealing with right side soreness, can return in a couple of days.

"It's just where we're at right now," Mattingly said. "We just have to try to survive this little period of time. You feel like within a few days here, we're going to get back to pretty much full strength, we're hoping."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.