Scott Elbert has elbow surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert had elbow surgery for the second time in five months, the team announced Wednesday.

Dodgers orthopedist Neal ElAttrache found and repaired a new area of cartilage damage in Elbert's elbow during a 40-minute arthroscopic procedure Wednesday. Elbert will begin physical therapy in a few days and start a throwing program in about six weeks, the team said.

Elbert, a first-round draft pick in 2004, underwent arthroscopic surgery on the elbow for the first time in September. The 27-year-old left-hander was 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 games for the Dodgers last season.

If Elbert isn't ready to start the season, the Dodgers would be left with two left-handers in their bullpen -- veteran J.P. Howell and rookie Paco Rodriguez.