Elbert to undergo Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert, who has been on the disabled list all season because of an elbow injury, will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

Elbert is expected to be out 12 to 16 months.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who will perform the surgery next week, diagnosed Elbert with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow after reviewing results of an MRI exam.

Elbert underwent elbow surgeries in September and January, prompting the Dodgers to sign lefty reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year, $2.85 million contract last off-season. Elbert, 27, is a former first-round draft pick, who went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 43 games last year before going on the DL at the end of August.