Elbert could return by end of Dodgers' trip

Elbert could return by end of Dodgers' trip

MIAMI -- Reliever Scott Elbert threw his first bullpen session with no pain and could rejoin the Dodgers by the end of this road trip.

Elbert said he might need minor arthroscopic surgery in the offseason to remove a piece of scar tissue in the back of his left elbow. But he said the area has responded well to treatment, particularly acupuncture.

"We're trying to maintain it and stay on the field and get to the offseason," said Elbert. "Then we'll come up with a plan to clean it up, or not. They said it would be simple, a four-to-six-week rehab, because it's just in one little spot."

Elbert, who was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, said he was excited to throw off a mound for the first time since he landed on the DL. He threw only fastballs.

"I was a little rusty, but it feels really good," he said.

Elbert plans to throw a bullpen session Sunday with sliders mixed in, advance to a simulated game next week and then a Minor League assignment.

"Everything's positive right now," he said.