While Paco Rodriguez attempts to work his way back from a teres major strain, another left-handed reliever has made a surprise return. Scott Elbert, absent from a Major League mound for two seasons, is now an option for manager Don Mattingly out of the bullpen as the Dodgers selected his contract Friday.
The coinciding move to adding Elbert is Red Patterson was designated for assignment.
Elbert spent much of this season rehabbing and then was unexpectedly designated for assignment at the end of July. After clearing waivers, Elbert was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
During his time with the Isotopes, Elbert threw 14.2 innings in 18 games and had a 4.91 ERA. Prior to re-joining the Isotopes, Elbert also spent time with rookie league Ogden and High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Patterson was promoted to make a spot start in the second game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings in a Dodgers win, though he took home a no-decision.
With Elbert now on the roster, he joins J.P. Howell as the two left-handed pitchers in the bullpen. Paco Rodriguez threw a simulated game Friday and is aiming to return in time for postseason play, while Onelki Garcia, currently with Double-A Chattanooga, may also be added to the roster prior to season’s end.
Drafted No. 17 overall in the 2004 draft by the Dodgers, Elbert appeared in 90 games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Elbert has a 2.89 ERA in nine relief appearances against the San Francisco Giants in his career.
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