Relief pitcher Scott Elbert has not had the best of luck in his career after enduring multiple elbow operations that resulted in minor league stints.
After being designated for assignment on Tuesday, Elbert cleared waivers and re-joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:
Scott Elbert cleared waivers and was outrighted to @ABQTopes
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) July 31, 2014
After two arthroscopic elbow surgeries from August 2012 to January 2013, Elbert underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2013. This was his third elbow operation and halted any chance of the left-hander returning to the mound last season.
He appeared to be working his way towards a return this season, but suffered a minor setback in his rehab. Elbert resumed his rehab assignment only to be designated for assignment when the team was required to make a roster decision.
Elbert was the No. 17 pick by the Dodgers in first round of the 2004 draft. He made his MLB debut for the team in August of 2008, pitching 0.2 innings of relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
From 2008 to 2012, the lefty made 120 appearances with Los Angeles and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.61 ERA over 92.1 innings. Elbert has recorded a total of 92 strikeouts to just 41 walks.
In 2011, Elbert went 0-1 with a 2.43 ERA over 47 games; he earned a pair of saves that season as well. In 2012, the left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 43 games before undergoing his first elbow surgery due to injury. Elbert had 63 of his 92 career strike outs in 2011 and 2012.
The 29-year-old posted a 4.26 ERA in 15 rehab appearances this season, with two of those being starts. In nine games with the Isotopes, Elbert did not earn a decision but tallied a 1.23 ERA over 7.1 innings of work.
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