Timothy Scott Elbert was born on August 13, 1985, in Joplin, Missouri. He is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He attended the High School in Seneca, Missouri and was a standout in football and baseball where he played running back and as a junior and he led the state in rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns and was named as an All-State selection. He had an impressive record of 0.94 ERA, 433 strikeouts, 29 complete games, and 238.0 innings.
In 2004, Elbert was selected in the 1st round by the Dodgers- it was his first time playing professional sports. He struck out 45 batters in 49.2 innings when he made his professional debut.
Then in 2005, he went 8-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 24 starts where he played for Ogden Raptors and With the Single-A Columbus Catfish.
He pitched for the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2006 and earned Florida State League midseason All-Star honors. He was even promoted to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, where he went 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and was ranked as the #3 prospect in the Southern League by Baseball America.
In 2007, Elbert had a shoulder injury.
In 2008, he played as a reliever at Jacksonville where he earned his first trip to the Majors when the Dodgers called him up from the minors. This is also the year where he made his MLB debut where he pitched two thirds of an inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 games finishing the season with 0-1 with an ERA of 12.00.
In 2009, he was selected as the Dodgers “Minor League Pitcher of the Year” after finishing a combined 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He finished the season with 2-0 with a 5.03 ERA and appeared in relief in Game 3 of the 2009 National League Championship Series.
In 2010, he started to pitch for Albuquerque and was promoted to the Dodgers on May 28, 2010. He was optioned back to AAA after he walked three left-handed hitting batters in that game. Then later that year he was selected to the “Rising Stars Game”.
He started 2011 in the bullpen for Albuquerque and was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 11. He pitched in 47 games for the Dodgers, mostly he used this left hand the most. He then finished the Major League Baseball Season with a 2.43 ERA in 33.1 innings with 34 strikeouts and also saved two games.