Pitcher Scott Elbert underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles today, the Dodgers announced. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the 30-minute surgery.
The surgery went as planned with a clean out of scar tissue in the back of the elbow. Elbert will begin rehabilitation at Camelback Ranch and can start throwing in 6 to 8 weeks.
Elbert went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 games (32.2 innings) out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He only pitched in four games after July 25 because of injuries. Interestingly, he had better numbers against right-handers (.170/.259/.255) than left-handers (.271/.342/.386). Maybe next season the 27-year-old can move out of the left-handed specialist role that has defined his major-league career to this point.
Elbert’s contract expires after the season, but he isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2014.