Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week and miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

Elbert was diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The expected time of recovery is 12-16 months.

This will be the third surgery Elbert has had on the elbow in the last year. He had operations to repair damaged cartilage in January and September of 2012.

In May, Elbert was cleared to pitch in minor-league games. He went 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eight appearances between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. It wasn't until Elbert pitched on back-to-back nights for the first time, on May 25 and 26 with Chattanooga, that he felt a recurrence of pain in the elbow.

Elbert went 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 43 appearances last year. He is going to become eligible for arbitration when his contract expires at the end of the season.