With rosters expanding to 40 during the start of September, the Dodgers recalled five players from Triple A Albuquerque. Not among those five players was reliever Chris Withrow, who wasn’t called up since he was recently sent down and couldn’t be called up until today.
Withrow has appeared in 17 games for the Dodgers and after a rough first call-up, he turned things around. Manager Don Mattingly entrusted the hard thrower by putting him into high pressure situations and Withrow rewarded his faith.
The Dodgers official Twitter account announced the transaction this afternoon:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 3, 2013
The Dodgers once had a weak bullpen, but the emergence of Withrow coupled together with everyone else finding their roles has helped them become a reliable group.
It’s unclear what role Withrow will fill, but given his past experience as a reliever, he can be the long man by pitching multiple innings if a game is out of hand.
In his first season with the Dodgers, Withrow’s done well with a 3.38 ERA and his ability to not allow inherited runners to score as he should see some innings down the stretch.
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