Not many baseball players can say they have had the ups and downs that Scott Elbert has had in his 10-year career. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Elbert was designated for assignment after not being able to make it back to the active roster after finishing his time on the 60-day disabled list.
The move was expected as the Dodgers are in a pennant race and would not give up a spot on the roster to a pitcher who has had to deal with a number of injuries in recent years. The left-handed pitcher’s career has been plagued with injuries to his pitching elbow, requiring multiple surgeries. The 29-year old was drafted in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft.
The Missouri native had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow in 2012, another procedure in January 2013, and in June 2013 required Tommy John Surgery after tearing his UCL during a rehab stint.
During the 2014 season the relief pitcher appeared in 15 minor league games, seven of which were with Triple-A Albuquerque. In those seven appearances, he allowed one run in 5.1 innings pitched, with six strikeouts and three walks.
In 2010 and 2011, Elbert showed great promise and was used as a lefty-specialist for the Dodgers. In 120 appearances, the former Minor League Pitcher of the Year award winner accomplished a record of 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA. In 92.1 innings pitched, Elbert recorded 92 strikeouts and 41 walks.
Since the five-year veteran was not put on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, the team has 10 days to figure out which scenario they want to play out with Elbert. If the Dodgers decide to outright him to Albuquerque after clearing waivers, Elbert can refuse any service the organization decides and can become a free agent.
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