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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dodgers Injury Update: Scott Elbert and Paco Rodriguez


By on 9/13/2014 02:30:00 PM

The Dodgers bullpen is starting to get some much needed left handed help, in the form of Scott Elbert, and Paco Rodriguez, as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Elbert, who was taken off the roster in late July, was activated before Friday's game versus San Francisco. To make room on the roster, pitcher Red Patterson was designated for assignment. Elbert, who is a former first round pick of the Dodgers, last pitched a major league game two years ago. Since then, he has had three elbow reconstructive procedures, including Tommy John surgery. His rejoining the team gives the Dodgers two left handed relievers, the other being J.P. Howell.

The other help the Dodgers are close to getting is Paco Rodriguez, who has been sidelined since August 4th with a teres major strain. He threw an impressive simulated game on Friday, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hopes to have him activated by Sunday's game. "Paco was good," said Mattingly to Gurnick. "The way he's been throwing, bouncing back continues to be the concern. If he's good after today, we'll make a decision possible tomorrow."

Mattingly said the lefties will allow him to set up a matchup in the fifth or sixth innings that he hasn't been willing to do because he's held back Howell for the eighth inning.

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