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Richardson d.l. bound, Tolleson likely joining him

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Antoan Richardson will be going on the disabled list due to back surgery for a herniated disc, and Shawn Tolleson is likely starting the year on the d.l. as well

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Antoan Richardson and Shawn Tolleson will most likely be starting the season on the disabled list, it appears.

Richardson will be undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc, which will sideline him for 6 weeks.  Richardson, who was added to the 40 man roster earlier in the spring to avoid him exercising an opt-out in his contract, was considered a longshot to make the Opening Day roster, but is one of the few true centerfield options on the 40 man roster.

Tolleson, meanwhile, is undergoing an MRI for "forearm tightness," the results of which will not be known until tomorrow.  Still, the fact that Tolleson is dealing with this issue, and appears unlikely to appear in a game in the near future, would seem to make it more likely he will start the season on the disabled list.

Tolleson was considered, along with Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers, one of the three relievers who had a spot in the Opening Day bullpen locked up.  Should he start the year on the d.l., it would seem to increase the likelihood that a veteran such as Ross Ohlendorf or Jamey Wright, who could be used for more than one inning, would break camp with the team.