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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Chris Withrow returns after birth of son

By Arash Markazi

SAN DIEGO -- Chris Withrow rejoined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday after leaving the team to be with his wife, Jaclyn, who gave birth to their first child, Walker Reid, on Wednesday night.

Withrow missed three games, including the Dodgers' division-clinching game Thursday in Arizona, to be with his family in Odessa, Texas.

"It's such a blessing," Withrow said. "I'm glad to be back here. It's tough leaving, but it's good to come back here and see all the guys."

Walker Reid Withrow was born at 6:57 p.m. on Wednesday night. He weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long.

"Mom and baby are doing great," Withrow said. "Mom's exhausted, but she's doing great. She's doing exactly what she needs to do to take care of him. He's about as content as them come when he gets fed, but he gets hungry pretty quick."

Withrow watched the division-clinching game and postgame celebration on his phone in his wife's hospital room. He is hoping he'll get to experience a couple of more postgame celebrations before the season is over.

"I was watching the celebration on my phone and it's something about having a baby with you and your wife, I felt like I was celebrating two different things at once," Withrow said. "That made it a lot better. I was in the hospital watching while the baby was resting. It was pretty cool. Hopefully that was just the first of four celebrations and I'll have plenty more to come."

Here are the lineups for tonight's game against the San Diego Padres:

Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Juan Uribe 3B
6. Mark Ellis 2B
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Nick Punto SS
9. Clayton Kershaw P

Padres

1. Chris Denorfia CF
2. Chase Headley 3B
3. Jedd Gyorko 2B
4. Jesus Guzman LF
5. Tommy Medica 1B
6. Kyle Blanks RF
7. Nick Hundley C
8. Ronny Cedeno SS
9. Burch Smith P