Shawn Tolleson has back surgery, out 3-5 months.

Shawn TollesonShawn Tolleson‘s time on the Dodgers’ active roster was brief but costly.

Tolleson is scheduled to undergo back surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. He is expected to return to competition in 3-5 months.

Tolleson started experiencing back stiffness after a rough travel day prior to his first and only appearance for the Dodgers on April 13. He received an epidural injection three days later and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

With today’s news, Tolleson could be transfered to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster if the Dodgers need it.

The news comes on the same day that Chad Billingsley had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.