The Dodgers are confident Darryl Strawberry will be sound for opening day, 1993, after Strawberry underwent back surgery Tuesday.
In a conference call with reporters, Dr. Robert Watkins said Strawberry will be "eased" into spring training.
Watkins added: "The chances are very good for him to get back next year and play very well."
Watkins said Strawberry should begin running and light swinging in four months, which would be slightly more than a month from the start of spring training.
According to Watkins, the 90-minute procedure did not involve any surprises. The fragmented disk was removed from Strawberry's back in three pieces, and no further damage was found.
Mike Scioscia is playing instead of Carlos Hernandez these final weeks because of loyalty, according to Manager Tom Lasorda. Because Scioscia can be a free agent after the season, Lasorda wants to give him a chance to show the Dodgers and the rest of the league that he is sound. Scioscia, who does not want to return if he has to be a reserve, says his late-season surge should help his market value.