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Friday, June 6, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Chris Withrow moved to 60-day DL

By on 6/06/2014 08:30:00 PM

The Dodgers on Friday have optioned shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to Triple-A Albuquerque and called up infield Miguel Rojas before their game in Colorado, according to Dylan Herandez of the Los Angeles Times.

To make room on the 40-man for Rojas, the Dodgers have transferred Chris Withrow to the 60-day disabled list after having Tommy John surgery in Florida on Tuesday.

Withrow, 25, had a 2.95 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched while striking out 28 and walking 18. He had a WHIP of 1.31 and blew one save. He has been known to have great stuff, but has had trouble with commanding his fastball and off-speed pitches. 

Arruebarrena, 24, hit for a slash of .308/.357/.385 with 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and a .742 OPS in 6 games. He signed a five-year, $25 million deal out of Cuba in the offseason.

"You have to think about his development also as a player. We feel like this guy is going to be a big league player and a big league shortstop. You just can't leave him sitting here," Mattingly said. "I think a guy can learn here and gain ground just by being around and being able to work with the guys and playing a little bit. But at some point he's going to need to keep playing."

Rojas hit .302/.353/.434 with nine doubles and four home runs in 51 games in Triple-A Albuquerque. Rojas, 25, gives the Dodgers a utility like defender who they don’t mind leaving on the bench if needed. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training and remained in the big league camp until the final cuts.

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