Hawksworth to undergo arthroscopic surgery

Hawksworth to undergo arthroscopic surgery

Hawksworth to undergo arthroscopic surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-handed reliever Blake Hawksworth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his elbow Wednesday to remove a bone spur and scar tissue only five weeks before the opening of Spring Training, the club announced.

The Dodgers estimate a recovery time of four to six weeks, so Hawksworth might not be ready for the start of training camp.

The 28-year-old had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances while making one trip to the disabled list with a strained groin muscle.

Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers.

Because he is out of options, Hawksworth was considered likely to make the Opening Day roster.

Nonetheless, the Dodgers have a solid group of right-handed relievers ahead of him -- Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Mike MacDougal, Matt Guerrier and Josh Lindblom.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.