Tolleson to have back surgery, miss 3-5 months

Tolleson to have back surgery, miss 3-5 months

NEW YORK -- Dodgers reliever Shawn Tolleson was scheduled to undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his lower back Thursday. He will be out three to five months.

Tolleson made one appearance after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque following Zack Greinke's broken collarbone. He walked both batters he faced and was put on the disabled list two days later.

Tolleson actually sustained the injury in January, and believes it flared up between an April 11 save for Albuquerque and his April 12 appearance for the Dodgers. In between, the Isotopes flew to Omaha and took a bus to Iowa, then he flew to Dallas en route to Phoenix.

"From all of that, it got tight," Tolleson said. "After I pitched Friday night, it got really bad."

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