Elbert perfect in first rehab appearance

Elbert perfect in first rehab appearance

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Elbert tossed a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance Friday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, the left-hander's first game action since a pair of elbow operations.

He needed just seven pitches to work the seventh inning, striking out two and earning the win. Elbert is scheduled to throw between 20-25 pitches on Monday with the Quakes as he continues to build arm strength.

Elbert could join Triple-A Albuquerque following that appearance. Still, the southpaw has a ways to go before returning to the Dodgers' bullpen. Elbert has not appeared in a Major League game since August.

"He's going to probably have to pitch a little bit to know he's ready," manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday's game against the Marlins.

Elbert's first elbow operation was to remove scar tissue, and the second was a microfracture procedure to smooth an irregularity and stimulate cartilage growth.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.