The Dodgers announced their preliminary AFL roster on Aug. 27, including four “pitchers to be named later.” The AFL begins play on Oct. 8, so today’s announcement has no bearing on Garcia’s current status with the Dodgers. Garcia has appeared in two games since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sept. 11.
Manager Don Mattingly said at the time that Garcia didn’t figure to make the Dodgers’ postseason roster.
Tolleson is recovering from back surgery and a torn muscle and has only appeared in one game this season.
Thomas, a left-handed reliever, and Garcia, a right-handed reliever, both finished the season at Double-A Chattanooga.
Shawn 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.
Dodgers pitcher Shawn Tolleson received an epidural injection in his lower back Monday. (Getty Images)
Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That night, he and the Isotopes flew into Des Moines to play the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Friday morning, the Dodgers called up Tolleson to pitch in that night’s game in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I had a crazy travel day,” he said.
Along the way, Tolleson’s lower back stiffened up. The adrenaline got him through 11 pitches against the Diamondbacks — he walked both batters he faced — but it couldn’t mask the pain in his back at night.