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Appendectomy delays Elbert's elbow surgery rehab

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GLENDALE, Az. -- As if three elbow operations weren't enough for Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert to recover from, on Sunday the pitcher said he also had his appendix removed 10 days ago.

Elbert was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday to make room on the roster for Paul Maholm, who was signed as a free agent Saturday. Elbert was not expected to pitch competitively until midseason because of Tommy John surgery.

But Elbert's recovery from that operation was delayed a few weeks by the appendectomy. He will resume throwing in three or four days. Prior to the appendectomy, Elbert said his elbow felt "great."

Elbert missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing three operations on his left elbow. He had scar tissue removed on Sept. 19, 2012, debridement of cartilage in a different area of the elbow on Jan. 23, 2013, and Tommy John reconstruction last June 7.

Elbert earned $505,000 last season and has a $575,000 Major League salary for 2014.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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