The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Scott Elbert in the first round of the 2004 draft, but it hasn’t quite panned out as Elbert’s had injuries derail his development and production.
Dating back to September 2012, Elbert has had three surgeries on his throwing elbow, including Tommy John last June. During the few times he’s managed to remain healthy, Elbert was used as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
Elbert made his long journey back to the Dodgers this season after being recalled Sept. 12. Prior to his return, he saw action in 18 games in Triple-A Albuquerque where he pitched his way to a 4.07 ERA.
With the Dodgers, Elbert made appearances in seven games and finished with a 2.08 ERA while also registering a win. His comeback story carried into the postseason as he made the NLDS roster and appeared in two games.
With the game well in the Dodgers’ favor as they led the San Francisco Giants, 17-0, Elbert made his 2014 debut with the Dodgers in the seventh inning one day after being added to the roster.
It took Elbert 11 pitches to get through the inning in which he gave up a hit to Gregor Blanco but still kept the Giants scoreless. His outing marked his first time he saw Major League bats since August of 2012.
Elbert enters the off-season eligible for salary arbitration. While he has a history of being injury prone, the Dodgers may want to reach an agreement to avoid arbitration given the team’s bullpen struggles.
Any team wouldn’t mind an additional left-handed arm and although Elbert won’t be throwing with the velocity he had before his surgeries, he would be a welcomed return to the Dodger organization.