LOS ANGELES — Dodgers relief pitcher Adam Liberatore will undergo left elbow surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles, the team announced on Monday.
The arthroscopic debridement procedure will be performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers say Liberatore is expected to be ready for the 2017 season.
To give an idea of the possible recovery time, Wood was activated by the Dodgers on Sept. 20, two months after his surgery, and the left-hander is likely to make the NLDS roster, a spot once thought a lock for Liberatore.
Liberatore, a second-year reliever acquired from the Rays in November 2014 in president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s first trade with the Dodgers, was one of manager Dave Roberts’ most trusted bullpen options this season, putting up a 3.38 ERA in 58 games, with 47 strikeouts and 17 walks in 42⅔ innings.
The left-hander set a Dodgers franchise record with 28 consecutive scoreless appearances in relief from May 20 to July 22.
Liberatore tweaked his right knee covering first base on July 24 in St. Louis, then a week later was placed on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation.
Since his return from the DL on Aug. 19, Liberatore allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in 9⅓ innings, with eight strikeouts, four walks and two home runs allowed, compared to a 1.62 ERA and no home runs allowed in his first 44 games of the season, which led to a reduced role in the bullpen.