LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the third inning against the St Louis Cardinals on September 16, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: L.A. Loses Series Finale, One Game Back In Wildcard

The Dodgers finish the year 6-5 against the Cardinals.

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Scott Elbert Injury: Dodgers LHP Will Have Elbow Surgery, Out For Season

Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Scott Elbert is now scheduled to undergo an operation Wednesday that will "clean up" his throwing elbow and effectively end his season, according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times.

The surgery will be preformed by a team physician. Elbert is expected to be good to go by the start of 2013 spring training.

Elbert was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness on August 27, ten days after he came off the DL for a related elbow inflammation injury. He pitched in a simulated game this past Friday but manager Don Mattingly explained that he was feeling "the same thing" following his test run.

The loss Ebert leaves the Dodgers with two lefties in their pen: Randy Choate and Paco Rodriguez.

Elbert had a 2.20 ERA with 29 strikeouts across 32.2 innings pitched in 2012.

For more information on Dodgers baseball, head on over to True Blue L.A.

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Clayton Kershaw Will Miss Sunday Start, See Hip Specialist In New York Tuesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without Clayton Kershaw this Sunday, as the Dodgers ace will miss his scheduled start with hip pain. Kershaw had an earlier start pushed back due to the same issue. He will see a hip specialist in New York while the team travels to Washington for a series against the Nationals.

Stephen File will take his place on Sunday, according to David Vassegh of KLAC-570.

Kershaw missed his start at San Francisco last Sunday, but after a cortisone shot he was able to pitch two days later at the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made a strong showing there but took the loss despite only giving up one run over seven innings.

Kershaw has been key for the Dodgers this season, and he leads the league in strikeouts (206), WHIP (1.016), innings (206 2/3) and has the second lowest ERA (2.70).

Stick with this StoryStream for updates, scores and more from the Dodgers vs. Cardinals series. For more insight and analysis, check out Dodgers blog True Blue LA.

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Ted Lilly Scratched From Simulated Game

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly was scratched from a simulated start Thursday, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.

Lilly has been trying to work his way back from a shoulder left ailment that has held him out of action since May. After being scratched, Lilly paid a visit to team doctors but the team has yet to put out an official statement on his status.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly refused to call this turn of events a setback but he still had some cryptic words to say on the subject:

"Teddy's been trying to push through and get ready, but he starts to weigh the options of what's worth it."

The Dodgers only have 18 regular season games left on their schedule. Lilly was looking to come back as a reliever sometime this month but after this scratch it seems the odds are now against him.

Lilly was quite effective in his eight starts this season, compiling five wins in eight starts to go along with a 3.14 ERA.

For more information on Dodgers baseball and continued injury updates, head on over to True Blue L.A.

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Dodgers expect Kenley Jansen, Elbert back soon

The Los Angeles Dodgers will get a boost to their bullpen soon with Kenley Jansen and Scott Elbert both close to returning from injury.

Jansen has been out since the end of August with an irregular heartbeat. He is scheduled to meet with team doctors on Friday, hoping to be taken off the blood thinners he's been taking. If all goes well, Jansen could travel with the Dodgers on their 10-game road trip and would be eligible to pitch on Tuesday.

Elbert has been has been on the disabled list since August 29 with elbow inflammation. He is scheduled to throw his second simulated game on Friday and if all goes well he could be activated this weekend according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

"If he's good, we'll probably roll with him," Mattingly said.

For more on the Dodgers, make sure to check out True Blue L.A. For the Cardinals side of the story, check out Viva El Birdos. For more on the league in general, please make your way over to Baseball Nation.

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