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Dodgers designate Casey Fien for assignment

Move clears 40-man roster space for Andre Ethier

MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers activated outfielder Andre Ethier from the 60-day disabled list before Saturday’s game against the Marlins, as expected. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, relief pitcher Casey Fien was designated for assignment.

Fien had a 4.21 ERA and 6.22 FIP in 25 games with the Dodgers, with 23 strikeouts and four unintentional walks in 25⅔ innings. He also allowed eight home runs, tied for second-most among relievers on the team despite ranking eighth in the bullpen in batters faced.

The Dodgers claimed Fien off waivers from the Twins on May 7.

Counting his first month or so of the season in Minnesota, Fien allowed 13 home runs in 39⅓ innings in 2016, tied for third-most among major league relievers.

Fien was one of 31 different pitchers used by the Dodgers in 2016, tying the franchise record set in 2015.

Ethier rejoined the Dodgers on Friday in Miami, arriving mid-game and could be seen greeted by teammates in the dugout. The outfielder missed 140 games with a fractured right tibia.