Bruised by comebacker, Withrow out a couple of days

Bruised by comebacker, Withrow out a couple of days

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Former first-round pick Chris Withrow, whose spring debut was delayed three weeks by back spasms, finally got in a game Sunday only to be injured when the second batter lined a shot off his left shin.

Withrow escaped with a bruise from the Paul Goldschmidt shot, and he said he expects to be back in action in a couple of days.

"It's been a pretty adventurous spring," said Withrow. "I came in ready to go. For my back to go out the second day was kind of frustrating. Then the second batter, after seven months off, that's not ideal either. Things happen for a reason."

Things were adventurous for Withrow even before Spring Training started. He and his wife survived an offseason rollover auto accident with only minor injuries.

Withrow, drafted in 2007 as a starter, is making the transition to reliever. He was the third Dodgers pitcher to be hit on comebackers on consecutive days, with Clayton Kershaw being struck on the left Achilles on Saturday and Shawn Tolleson on the right elbow Friday.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.