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A pair of offseason left elbow surgeries has Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Elbert sidelined through April.
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Recovery time from the procedure is expected to be 12-16 months. It is the third operation on Elbert's left elbow in the last 10 months.
Elbow pain after back-to-back outings have caused the left-handed reliever to get shut downa for an unidentified period of time.
Elbert last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 26, 2012, one of just eight appearances after the All-Star break for the left-hander.
The Dodgers on Sunday finalized their opening day roster, including recalling Justin Sellers, who is expected to start at shortstop in the absence of Hanley Ramirez.
Elbert, who had two elbow surgeries during the offseason, was originally scheduled to return around the first week of May, but that will no longer be the case.
The left-handed relief pitcher expects a return to the Dodgers either at the end of April or early May, but after two elbow surgeries in four months Elbert doesn't plan on rushing back to the mound.
The left-hander can begin a throwing program in six weeks, which could put his status for opening day in jeopardy.