Dodgers place Scott Elbert on DL, call up Stephen Fife

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Scott Elbert has been a very effective situational left-hander in the Dodgers’ bullpen since last season, but the 26-year-old former top prospect is headed to the disabled list with shoulder soreness.

Injuries contributed to Elbert shifting from starting to relieving as a prospect, so the shoulder problems are worrisome. Since the beginning of last season he’s thrown 63 innings with a 2.44 ERA and 62/27 K/BB ratio while getting an average of just 2.1 outs per appearances.

To take Elbert’s place on the active roster the Dodgers called up Stephen Fife, who debuted 10 days ago and is back again to start tonight against the Giants.

John Axford has a small break in his fibula

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Dodgers reliever John Axford was deemed “unavailable” before last night’s game against the Giants. After the game it was revealed that he will miss up to three weeks due to a break in the tip of his fibula he suffered when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday. It’s being characterized as a “crack.”

As if the Dodgers need more injuries and/or maladies, especially to their beleaguered bullpen.

Axford was acquired by L.A. at the trade deadline and, with Kenley Jansen out indefinitely, it was thought that he could get some opportunities to close. Now that’s out the window at least into September, it seems.