Dodgers' Elbert needs Tommy John surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Elbert will undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction next week and will be sidelined for 12-to-16 months, the club announced on Wednesday.

An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed that Elbert had a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform Elbert's surgery.

This will be the third procedure on Elbert's left elbow in the last 10 months. The first procedure, which took place on Sept. 19, 2012, removed scar tissue in the back of the elbow. A Jan. 23 arthroscopic microfracture procedure involved a new area of cartilage damage.

Elbert, a former first-round pick, went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 43 appearances last year before landing on the disabled list for a second time at the end of August.