Scott Elbert was getting closer.
The left-hander, who’s been on the disabled list since the season began, pitched on back-to-back nights May 25 and 26 on a rehab assignment for Double-A Chattanooga. That was supposed to be the final hurdle before Elbert returned to the Dodgers. He couldn’t clear it.
A recurrence of pain in his left elbow has forced Elbert to shut down his rehabilitation program. He’ll visit with a team doctor tomorrow to determine the next step.
Elbert, who is in the final year of his contract, had two surgeries on his left elbow this year. In 2012 he went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 appearances.
Elbert is on the 60-day disabled list. He went 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eight rehab games this season between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.