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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Dodgers recall Withrow, designate Guerrier

By Arash Markazi

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier for assignment, the team announced Sunday.

Withrow, 24, appeared in three games for the Dodgers in his first stint in the majors, posting a 5.40 ERA with two walks and three strikeouts before being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 20. The 24-year-old pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in two appearances for the Isotopes since being optioned.

“We feel like we’re getting better,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said when asked about the move. “I feel like we’re getting better with bringing Chris up. Matt’s a veteran guy and a good guy in the clubhouse but we just weren’t getting results. Now we’re getting a little bit young, a little bit more of a power arm and also a little bit of an unknown. We’re just getting better and more athletic.”

Guerrier, 34, posted a 2-3 record with a 4.80 ERA in 34 games for the Dodgers this season, and in three seasons with the club, the right-hander was 6-8 with one save and a 4.24 ERA in 120 appearances.

The 34-year-old was in the final year of a three-year, $12 million contract. It's unlikely that he will be claimed on waivers with $1.8 million remaining on his deal. Guerrier was notified of the move after he arrived at the clubhouse Sunday morning and stormed out without speaking to reporters.

“He left a lot of balls up in the zone,” Mattingly said. “He didn’t seem to be able to locate and get the ball to where he wanted to on the plate. When you’re not a power guy you have to be able to locate and be able to change speed. He just didn’t locate as well as when he first came over.”