LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- Scott Elbert, the "other" Dodgers pitcher on a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, pitched a perfect seventh inning Friday night and got the win in his first game appearance since two elbow operations.
The left-handed Elbert will pitch another inning Monday and might follow that with an appearance at Triple-A Albuquerque, but he's not far away from returning to the Dodgers' bullpen.
"I'm pretty excited," said Elbert, who needed only seven pitches to record two strikeouts and a groundout. "It's a good feeling. It's been a long time. I feel good. I don't feel anything."
Elbert was on a 25-pitch limit, so he went to the bullpen after his inning and threw another 18 pitches to get in his work. The Quakes, who trailed by five runs at one point, took the lead while Elbert was the pitcher of record.
"If I can do what I did tonight, I can help them out [in Los Angeles]," said Elbert. "I almost feel I'm back to my normal self completely."
Elbert's operations were in different locations -- one in the back of the elbow, the other slightly higher. The first was to remove scar tissue, the other a microfracture procedure to smooth an irregularity and stimulate cartilage re-growth.
Because Elbert is out of options, he can't be sent to the Minor Leagues for any reason other than a rehab assignment without the risk of another club claiming him.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter and Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.