Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert hasn't been able to throw for an extended period of time without some sort of pain in his left elbow since late July. But the left-hander accepts it as just part of the game.

"It's frustrating but it's part of the game," he said. "We play baseball, and injuries do happen. You have to deal with it."

Elbert had arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 19 to clean up scar tissue in his left elbow, after spending two stints on the disabled list with elbow inflammation in the final two months of the season. But after pain returned during rehab, Elbert had to have another procedure.

"The first week was good, second week was bad," Elbert said. "We did some rehab to try to get it to calm back down but it never did so we decided to go back in in January and clean it up."

During arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 23 in Los Angeles, a new area of cartilage damage was discovered and removed. Elbert began physical therapy three days later, and is currently doing rehab work. He is participating in all workout drills that don't involve throwing, and he said he expects to be able to throw a baseball some time around the first week of March.

Elbert is being cautious in his return.