Dodgers News: Scott Elbert To Begin Rebab Assignment
The Los Angeles Dodgers received a glimmer of hope amid what’s been a frustrating time with the various injuries that have plagued the team. In a season where the Dodger bullpen has not been as strong as pictured, help may be arriving for the long haul.
Dodger’s pitcher Scott Elbert will begin a rehab assignment with the Ogden Raptors, their Pioneer League affiliate, via Eric Stephen of TrueBlue LA:
Scott Elbert to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with rookie league @OgdenRaptors. Elbert will start Wednesday
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 16, 2014
Elbert last pitched for the Dodgers in August of 2012. The left-hander went down and required arthroscopic surgery on his elbow after an MRI revealed damage, which was done that September. After a few months passed, Elbert was informed that he would need another surgery on the same elbow.
After the procedures were completed, Elbert pitched in an eight-game rehab assignment for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga, but was quickly shut down as he felt pain in his elbow after his first back-to-back outings.
Elbert then received news that he needed Tommy John Surgery, his third elbow surgery in a period of 10 months. Before his third surgery, Elbert did leave a positive impression that he was recovering as he was throwing pitches in the 90-MPH range.
Considering rehab assignments last 30 days under the current collective bargaining agreement, Elbert’s start for the rookie-level Raptors suggests the Dodgers are considering a methodical process with the recovery.
In his five-year career, Elbert is 3-3 with an ERA of 3.61 in 120 appearances for the Dodgers. While Elbert is taking a positive step forward in his recovery, Chad Billingsley has decided to have surgery for his torn flexor. Billingsley will miss the remainder of the season.
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