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Dodgers return Scott Elbert to DL, call Shawn Tolleson back up

August 29, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Scott Elbert, left, and A.J. Ellis celebrate a victory over the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 19.
Scott Elbert, left, and A.J. Ellis celebrate a victory over the Atlanta… (Scott Cunningham / Getty…)

Those expanded rosters that become available Sept. 1 can’t come soon enough for the Dodgers.

Their bullpen suffered a blow Wednesday when they announced left-hander Scott Elbert was returning to the 15-day disabled list with the sore elbow that had sent him there a month ago.

“This is the same thing that’s been going on,” Manager Don Mattingly said.

Elbert had appeared in four games since returning from his first stint on the DL and had not allowed a run. In those 3 1/3 innings, he had allowed only two hits and had not walked a batter.

Mattingly, however, said Elbert’s elbow was no worse than the first time he was placed on the DL.

The Dodgers called right-hander Shawn Tolleson back up to take his spot on the roster. Tolleson had just been sent to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday so the Dodgers could call up a fresh arm in Josh Wall.

The Dodgers acquired Randy Choate before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline, planning to have two left-handed relievers for the first time all season. Now, however, Choate again becomes their only lefty in the bullpen.

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