Reliever Elbert undergoes surgery on left elbow

Reliever Elbert undergoes surgery on left elbow

Reliever Elbert undergoes surgery on left elbow
WASHINGTON -- Dodgers left-hander Scott Elbert underwent left elbow surgery on Wednesday, the team announced.

Elbert, 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 43 appearances, was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness on Aug. 27. That came 10 days after the 27-year-old reliever came off a DL stint for a related elbow inflammation injury. Elbert pitched in a simulated game on Friday, but manager Don Mattingly said the issue was still present.

Team physician Neal ElAttrache performed the 30-minute arthroscopic surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles, and the team said the operation "went as planned with a clean out of scar tissue in the back of the elbow."

Elbert will rehab at the Dodgers' Spring Training complex in Arizona and start throwing in six to eight weeks.

As has been the case since Elbert's initial injury, the Dodgers have only two left-handers out of the bullpen in Randy Choate and Paco Rodriguez. Collectively, Los Angeles' bullpen ranks sixth in the National League with a 3.27 ERA.