The Los Angeles Dodgers received surprise contributions from Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow in 2013 and both relievers figured to play an important role for the team last season.
However, Rodriguez fell victim to a numbers game and spent most of his time in the Minors, and Withrow’s season was derailed by Tommy John surgery. Withrow went under the knife in June and as it turns out, the removal of his cast was quite the event.
Billingsley revealed he saw Withrow pass out, which the reliever then went into explaining:
He was so excited,” Withrow continued. “He was saying, ‘Oh man, you’re gonna feel so good once you get that thing off.’ I think that’s when it really sunk in that it had happened. I just sat there and watched it all come off. The next thing you know, I’m white.”
In the article, Billingsley says he offered Withrow a glass of water and both pitchers were able to look back on the moment and share a laugh. As for why Withrow reacted the way that he did, he isn’t quite sure:
I don’t know if it was the sight or just the feeling or just the entire situation,” Withrow went on. “Maybe that’s what it was — first time having surgery, kind of sunk in that it happened. Seeing that, you’re like, ‘Ho-ly cow.’ It was the first time kind of seeing all the blood and stitches and everything. Kind of weakened the stomach. I was like, ‘All right, this is real.’”
While it may have been a lighthearted moment, Withrow’s surgery will likely cost him the majority of the 2015 season. After completing his rehab, the reliever presumably would keep busy in the Minors with an outside shot he joins the Dodgers when rosters expand in September.
Prior to having his season cut short, Withrow appeared in 20 games, had 28 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched and a 2.95 ERA.