The Los Angeles Dodgers received some good news as Scott Elbert resumed pitching activities Friday. Elbert threw one inning with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in his first action since his rehab was shutdown due to a toe issue.
Elbert was scheduled to throw approximately 25 pitches, but needed just 10 to get through one inning of work, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News group:
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert threw a 10-pitch scoreless inning Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander induced an infield popout, a groundout and a flyout to center field against the Lancaster JetHawks.
Elbert began the season on the 60-day disabled list as he was one of two pitchers on the Dodgers roster who were attempting to work their way back from Tommy John surgery. The other, Chad Billingsley, suffered another elbow injury that required season-ending surgery.
Prior to taking the mound Friday, Elbert had already appeared in seven games this season, ranging from Rookie-Level Ogden to Triple-A Albuquerque. Elbert has undergone three elbow procedures in recent years and last pitched for the Dodgers in August of 2012.
The Dodgers can schedule Elbert for a rehab assignment of up to 30 days before deciding the next course of action. Should they wish to add Elbert to their roster, they would need clear a roster spot which given their crowded bullpen, wouldn’t prove to be a simple task.
Given their struggles this season, the bullpen could certainly benefit from adding a fresh arm. The Dodgers have not provided a timetable for Elbert’s return other than to suggest it would come after the All-Star break.
Without a clear-cut roster move available and Elbert’s history with being re-injured, the Dodgers are likely to progress in a cautious manner.
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