Scott Elbert was one of the top pitching prospects in the game after the 2006 season, when the lefthander struck out 173 batters in 145 innings between high Class A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville.
He made it through only three starts last year though before coming down with a shoulder injury, which required surgery to remove scar tissue from his labrum last June.
Elbert finally made his return to game action today, pitching one inning of relief for Jacksonville at home against Mobile. Elbert, 22, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one walk and striking out one.
On the mound for Mobile (Diamondbacks) was another pitching prospect familiar with shoulder surgery, righthander Matt Torra, a 2005 supplemental first-rounder who had surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder the September after his draft year. Torra, 23, allowed three runs (only one earned) in eight innings with one walk and five strikeouts. That’s pretty much how it’s been all season for Torra—keeping runs off the board (a 2.50 ERA in 72 innings) by not offering too many walks (12, or just 1.5 per nine innings) with a moderate amount of strikeouts (48, or 6.0 per nine).