The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken a significant roster step, confirming the anticipated move on Tuesday. Right-handed pitcher (RHP) Gus Varland has officially joined the active roster, marking an important shift for the team. The necessary adjustment to the 40-man roster involved placing outfielder Jake Marisnick on the 60-day injured list (IL). The strategic maneuver was required to accommodate Varland’s addition to the team. This change was precipitated by the sidelining of RHP Joe Kelly, who was placed on the injured list due to right forearm inflammation earlier on Sunday.
Gus Varland emerged on the radar this year following his selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft. His initial eight outings with the Brewers were noteworthy, as he maintained an impressive earned run average (ERA) of 2.25 during the first seven appearances. However, the narrative took a different turn during his final performance, where he struggled to contain the opposing team, conceding nine runs in a mere two-thirds of an inning. As a consequence, he was designated for assignment (DFA) and subsequently returned to the Dodgers.
At the Triple-A level under the Dodgers’ banner, Varland has showcased his prowess, boasting an outstanding ERA of 2.16 across 33.1 innings. With this transition to the major league level in Los Angeles, he aspires to replicate his previous successes and contribute valuably to the team’s bullpen, which is currently in search of reinforcement.
Concurrently, Jake Marisnick’s journey has taken a different trajectory. Afflicted with a hamstring strain since mid-July, Marisnick faced the unfortunate reality of being moved to the 60-day injured list. Despite his commendable efforts, including securing two hits in five at-bats since his minor league deal entry on July 13, Marisnick’s season seems to be veering toward an early conclusion.
Given the recent acquisitions of right-handed hitters Kikè Hernández and Amed Rosario before the trade deadline, the likelihood of Marisnick’s return to the field this season is dwindling. The Dodgers are fortifying their roster strategically, aligning with their ongoing pursuit of excellence on the diamond.