Chris Withrow Battling Through Injury

Looking to improve upon his 2011 campaign, former first rounder Chris Withrow will have to postpone his 2012 debut.

Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Lookouts hurler Chris Withrow is expected to return to the team within the next two weeks, according to Chattanooga pitching coach Chuck Crimm.

While listed on the Lookouts active roster and the Dodgers 40-man roster, Withrow is throwing simulated games in Arizona on his way back from a slight oblique strain.

"He is just trying to work innings up right now," Crimm said. "We need him to come here, be active and be a valuable asset to this pitching staff."

Withrow started 25 games for the Lookouts in 2011, going 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA. The right-hander from Austin, Texas, struck out 120 batters last season but continued to struggle with commanding pitches.

While not posting the best record last season, the Dodgers still have high hopes for the 23-year-old.

"Chris is a kid you root for," Crimm said. "He has great stuff and will pitch in the majors one day."

Withrow can be expected to return either on the road when the Lookouts take on the Jackson Generals April 10-14 or in Chattanooga against Birmingham April 15-19.

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