Elbert awaits activation after rejoining Dodgers

Elbert awaits activation after rejoining Dodgers

ATLANTA -- Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert rejoined the club Saturday but won't be activated from the disabled list until Sunday or Monday, manager Don Mattingly said.

Elbert, who was out with left elbow inflammation, pitched three times in four games, striking out all six batters he faced in a Minor League rehab assignment for Double-A Chattanooga. Because he pitched Thursday and Friday, he was not available Saturday.

Barring a trade or somebody coming up injured, the Dodgers will have a difficult roster decision to make when Elbert returns.

If they stick with seven relievers, rookie Shawn Tolleson could be optioned back to Triple-A, although he has allowed only two hits in the last 28 at-bats over 10 scoreless outings.

Jamey Wright is the closest thing to a long reliever that the Dodgers have, even though his 4.08 ERA is nearly a full run higher than last year. Brandon League has been erratic since his Deadline acquisition.

The club also could go with an eight-man bullpen and option utility man Elian Herrera back to Triple-A.