Dobbs designated, Lucas returns from DL
MIAMI — Greg Dobbs, who signed a one-year, $1.7 million extension with the Marlins last season, was designated for assignment on Tuesday afternoon.
The move was made to make roster room for Ed Lucas, who was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list.
Lucas was set to make the club out of Spring Training, but he suffered a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch four days before the March 31 opener against the Rockies.
Dobbs, 35, initially made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee in 2011, and ever since he provided a left-handed veteran bat off the bench. He was 1-for-13, all as a pinch-hitter, before he was designated.
In his career, Dobbs has 96 career pinch-hits, and he is batting .262 in that role.
Although Dobbs mostly played first and third base, he wasn’t used in the field, limiting the club’s overall options.
Adding Lucas gives the club more versatility, as the 31-year-old can play all the infield spots, as well as some corner outfield. He also is an emergency catcher candidate.
Lucas played in three rehab assignment games with Class A Jupiter, and he was 6-for-14.
– Joe Frisaro