LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Tuesday added to their pitching depth, claiming left-hander Justin Marks off waivers from the Rays.
Marks appeared in one game in relief for Tampa Bay, allowing a run on two hits in 1⅓ innings, with a walk and a strikeout. The Rays designated Marks for assignment on Saturday.
The 29-year-old lefty had a 4.60 ERA in nine games with Triple-A Durham this season, with 15 strikeouts and nine walks in 15⅔ innings. The Dodgers assigned Marks to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Left-handed batters this season are 4-for-25 (.160) with a double, five walks, and seven strikeouts this season against Marks.
Marks was drafted in the third round in 2009 out of Louisville by the Athletics, and has spent time in the Royals, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Rays’ systems in his career. He has pitched in parts of three major league seasons — with Kansas City (2014) and Tampa Bay (2016-17) — posting a 3.65 ERA in 12⅓ innings, with 13 walks and nine strikeouts.
He used options in 2013 and 2014, and is using his third and final option year this season.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Marks, the Dodgers transferred outfielder Andre Ethier to the 60-day disabled list. Ethier has yet to play this season, sidelined since spring training with a herniated disc in his back.
The roster move doesn’t affect Ethier’s timeline in any way. All this means is that he is not eligible to be activated from the disabled list until June 1 at the earliest, but he was never going to be ready by then anyway.
Marks is the fourth left-handed reliever on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. At the moment, the other three — Grant Dayton, Luis Avilan, and Adam Liberatore — are all on the active roster.