Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday, the team announced on Tuesday night. The Dodgers estimated the recovery time for Hawksworth to be four to six weeks, per ESPN Los Angeles, which shouldn't affect his timetable too greatly for the spring.
Hawksworth was 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 games in relief for the Dodgers in 2011, his first season with the team. Hawksworth was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals last offseason for second baseman Ryan Theriot. Hawksworth, who turns 29 on March 1, is out of options. In other words, while he isn't a lock for a bullpen spot Hawksworth will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the roster during the spring.
The Dodgers said they would have a better idea of the timetable for recovery for Hawksworth once the surgery is completed.
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