Withrow (1-0) tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts to get the win in the 11th episode against the Giants on Wednesday. Withrow has bounced between Triple-A and the majors this season, and he's been lights out on both level. The 27-year-old righty has a 2.53 ERA in 14 appearances, and he hasn't allowed a run since April 29. He has enough stuff to hold down a bullpen spot for the foreseeable future.
Withrow was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports. The Braves needed reinforcements for their bullpen after Casey Kelly, who was previously scheduled to start Saturday, was forced to fire 77 pitches in relief during Wednesday's 13-inning marathon match with the Brewers. Withrow has been lights out for the Triple-A squad, not allowing a run and striking out 10 batters in 8.1 innings out of the bullpen, making him a clear callup candidate. He'll likely work in lower-leverage situations until the Braves are in need of a fifth starter again. To make room for him on the roster, starting pitcher Casey Kelly was optioned to Triple-A.
Withrow was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. The right-hander has generally been serviceable in his 10 appearances out of the bullpen to date, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks over seven innings. However, with the Braves deciding to prioritize adding bench depth over bullpen help, Emilio Bonifacio will be added to the 25-man roster at Withrow's expense.
Withrow has pitched 3.1 scoreless frames over four appearances since blowing a save against the Cardinals on April 10. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks in that relief appearance versus St. Louis, which technically counted as a blown save because he gave up the lead even though he pitched in the fifth inning. Since then, he's allowed just one base runner, which was a walk last Wednesday versus Washington. It's obviously a small sample size, but should Atlanta's bullpen continue to struggle, Withrow could see a bigger role.
Withrow was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Withrow has only made one appearance in the minors this season, but did spend a few weeks with the big league club during spring training. Now that he's back with the Braves, look for the right-hander to serve in middle relief.