Withrow (elbow) agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The last we saw of Withrow at the major league level in 2014, he was walking far too many batters but also missing bats, posting a 2.95 ERA in 21.1 innings with the Dodgers despite issuing 18 free passes. He underwent Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2014 but is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, where he will attempt to lock down a bullpen gig with the Braves.
Braves pitcher Chris Withrow (elbow) is expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Withrow missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2014, but he'll now have a full offseason to go through his normal routine. The 26-year-old was a solid option out of the bullpen for the Dodgers when healthy, and he'll try to establish himself as a late inning option now for the Braves next season.
As Chris Withrow continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, the Braves can only think about the long-term potential he can bring to their bullpen after picking him up in a trade with the Dodgers on Wednmesday. "We feel like he has a chance to pitch real late in games," Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said, per MLB.com. "He has the stuff where at some point he could close. It's a really good arm." The 2007 first-round pick (20th) has been a pretty strong reliever in his MLB career. He is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 46 career appearances. He is striking out 11.4 batters per nine innings. Although, he also has some control issues, as he has walked 5.0 batters per nine innings. Withrow's fastball ranges from 93-98 mph and he has a plus-plus slider.
The Braves have acquired infielder Juan Uribe and pitcher Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in a six-player trade, the team announced on Wednesday. Uribe was part of a crowded infield in Los Angeles and was hitting .247 with six RBI in 81 at-bats this season. Withrow is yet to pitch this season after posting a 2.95 ERA in 21 1/3 innings of work in 2014.
Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow is expected to be a part of the trade involving the Braves and Dodgers on Tuesday, sources told FoxSports. Withrow would be sent to the Braves as part of the deal. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he is expected to be back during the second half of the season. Withrow produced a 2.95 ERA over 21 1/3 innings last season for the Dodgers.
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