Brazoban needs Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Yhency Brazoban will undergo Tommy John surgery next week on his strained right elbow and will miss the rest of the season.

The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Inglewood.

Brazoban has a 5.40 ERA in five innings this season. He hurt himself Wednesday at Pittsburgh on a pitch to Jeromy Burnitz.

"He pulled a piece of the bone off with the ligament," said Dodgers trainer Stan Johnston, who described the injury as "very severe."

"He's looking at a year from now before he's allowed to be on the field," Johnston said.

Brazoban served as both a closer and a setup man last season. He set franchise rookie records by appearing in 74 games and recording 21 saves -- second-best among major-league rookies -- in 2005.

"Anytime you lose a player it's a setback," manager Grady Little said. "To what degree, only time will tell."