Ausmus to undergo back surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus will have surgery on

Thursday to repair a herniated disc in his back, and is expected to

miss at least three months.

“I think that’s just a ballpark figure on this type of

surgery,” manager Joe Torre said before Wednesday night’s game

against Arizona. “It’s tough. He had a little episode in spring

training and I guess he had a little piece of the disc break off,

and that’s what they’re going to deal with. He’s in a lot of

discomfort, sleeping and sitting.”

Ausmus, a three-time Gold Glove winner who turned 41 on

Wednesday, is on the disabled list for the first time in his

17-year career.

Ausmus batted .295 last season in 36 games as Russell Martin’s