Elbert Out Indefintely With A Sore Shoulder

   The Dodgers have suffered their first major injury blow of the 2007 season with the revelation that lefthander Scott Elbert is suffering from tendinitis in his throwing shoulder and will be sidelined indefinitely.

         Elbert had been scheduled to start Saturday night for Jacksonville but will miss that turn. Just how long he will be out is undetermined at this time. He was 0-1, 3.86 for the Suns, having pitched 14 innings including a five-inning no-hit stint recently. He had struck out 24 batters  while holding opponents to a .128 average.      He first experienced shoulder aches at the end of last season. He had been scheduled to go to the Arizona Fall League at that time but was shut down instead. He reported to spring training in good shape and seemed to have recovered until now.

     His place in the Suns rotation will be taken by Justin Orenduff, who is coming back from shoulder surgery himself. Normally a starter, Orenduff had been working out of the Jacksonville bullpen in a cautious approach to his return after having gone out midway through last season. So far, he's thrown six innings without allowing a run. He's struck out seven while opponents are hitting only .182 against him.

   The return of second baseman Travis Denker to action with Inland Empire also set off a couple of moves. Denker, who had been rehabbing a broken right hand suffered in spring training, took over at second for the 66ers who in turn dispatched Elian Herrera. who had been playing that postion for them,  to Great Lakes. Herrera, who had hit .337 for the Gulf Coast Dodgers last year, was batting only .200-0-4 for Inland Empire.

   With Herrera's arrival at Great Lakes, the Loons sent Michael Rivera to the extended spring camp at Dodgertown from which he'll be reassigned later. Rivera had a .211-0-2 mark with Great Lakes.

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