Looking for roster space, the Miami Marlins designated veteran infielder Joe Panik for assignment on Friday with three games remaining in the season.

Panik, who is set to become a free agent after playing 53 games with the Marlins this season, went on paternity leave after Thursday’s game. Since he was not expected to return this season, he was designated instead to open a 40-man roster spot.

Panik, 30, batted just .172 for the Marlins with a home run and seven RBIs after opening the year with the Toronto Blue Jays.