For the second time in five months, lefty reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers had elbow surgery, according to the team.
Neal ElAttrache, the teams Orthopedist surgeon, operated on Elbert for approximately forty minute. He found and repaired some cartilage damage that hadn’t been detected previously.
Elbert will take it easy for a few days and then begin a physical therapy regiment. The plan is for him to start a throwing regiment in six weeks, according to team sources.
Former first round draft pick, Elbert, 27, had his first elbow surgery this past September. He had a record of 1-1 last season with an earned run average of just 2.20 over the span of 43 games.
The Dodgers hope that Elbert will still be ready for opening day, but his rehab schedule will make for a tight schedule to do so. If he is unable to rejoin the Dodgers’ bullpen, the team will go into the start of the season with just two lefties: J.P. Howell and rookie Paco Rodriguez.