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Braves call up Emilio Bonifacio, option Chris Withrow to Gwinnett

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The Atlanta Braves added a right handed bat to their bench on Sunday with the addition of Emilio Bonifacio.

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As expected, the Atlanta Braves made a roster move on Sunday calling up utility player Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett. To make room for Bonifacio on the roster, Atlanta optioned right handed reliever Chris Withrow.

The Braves had carried a 13th pitcher throughout the early part of the season to combat some of their early pitching struggles. With Saturday's rainout and a scheduled off day coming up on Thursday, the team elected to add another right handed bat to the bench.

The Braves signed Bonifacio to a Major League contract during the offseason but designated him for assignment on the last day of spring training. He later agreed to a minor league deal and hit .333 with 10 stolen bases in 16 games for Gwinnett.

Withrow has appeared in 10 games for the Braves and has allowed five hits and three runs over seven innings of work.