Scott Elbert has arthroscopic elbow surgery, expected to miss Opening Day.

Scott Elbert underwent a left elbow arthroscopy today in Los Angeles, leaving the Dodgers without one of their top left-handed relievers to start spring training.Scott  Elbert He is not expected to be ready by opening day, according to a source.

The 40-minute procedure was performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache after a new area of cartilage damage was discovered and debrided. Elbert, who had a different elbow procedure Sept. 19 that ended his 2012 season, will start his physical therapy in three days and a throwing program in six weeks.

Elbert, 27, went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 relief appearances last season. Right-handers hit .170 against him and lefties hit .271 – a strange split for a southpaw. He and J.P. Howell were expected to be the team’s top left-handed relievers.

In a crowded Dodgers bullpen, at least two players’ chances of making the opening day roster just improved.

Left-hander Paco Rodriguez allowed one run in 11 appearances over 6 2/3 innings as a rookie last year, though his control wavered against right-handers in a small sample size (two unintentional walks in 2 2/3 innings). Right-hander Shawn Tolleson had more success against right-handers out of the bullpen as a rookie (.152 batting average) but was atrocious against left-handers (.316). Non-roster invitee Peter Moylan, aiming to re-establish himself after a series of injuries cut short his time in Atlanta, could also grab a spot.

Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz, Hanley Ramirez among WBC selections.

Eight Dodgers will participate in the World Baseball Classic, according to preliminary rosters announced today.World Baseball Classic

Mexico: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 3B Luis Cruz, SS Alfredo Amezaga.

Venezuela: RP Ronald Belisario

Dominican Republic: SS Hanley Ramirez

Spain: RP Paco Rodriguez

Australia: RP Peter Moylan

Italy: INF Nick Punto

Moylan and Amezaga signed minor-league deals with an invitation to spring training. The other six players are currently on the 40-man roster.

Dodgers Spanish-language color commentator Fernando Valenzuela will be the pitching coach for Team Mexico, a Dodgers spokesperson confirmed, even though he isn’t listed on Mexico’s roster online.

Former Dodgers outfielder Karim Garcia is listed on Mexico’s roster. Former Dodger Andruw Jones, a native of Curaçao, is playing for The Netherlands. Adrian Gonzalez’s brother, who finished last season in Japan, is also playing for Team Mexico.

Rosters must be finalized on Feb. 20.

Poll: Who makes the Dodgers’ opening-day bullpen?

We don’t have confirmation yet, but if the Dodgers wind up signing Peter Moylan (as has been reported), the competition for the final spot out of the bullpen becomes interesting.

Update: Moylan confirmed that he’s joining the Dodgers via Twitter:

 

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Report: Dodgers sign Peter Moylan to minor-league contract.

The Dodgers have signed right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported today via twitter. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Braves didn’t offer Moylan a contract after he became a free agent.

Update: Moylan confirmed that he’s joining the Dodgers via Twitter:

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