Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 days ago

Jansen (foot) threw off a mound Saturday for the first time since his operation, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The first mound session marks an important step in Jansen's recovery from foot surgery, which he underwent a little over eight weeks ago. Jansen will need to build up strength in bullpens before progressing to live batting practice and ultimately a short rehab assignment, but he appears on track to return within the 8-to-12 week window given for his recovery. He should immediately reclaim the closer role upon activation.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 5 days ago

Jansen (foot) will be throwing off the mound Saturday for the first time this season, J.P. Hoornstra for LA News Group

Jansen has been going through windup motions on the mound since Tuesday, and it shows good progress that he will be throwing from the mound soon. Though Jansen is on the 15-day DL, he may not make it back till mid-May. Jansen's record last season was 2-3 with 44 saves and pitched 2.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts over 65 innings.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 6 days ago

Jansen (foot) is working off a mound Tuesday for the first time since his surgery, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

He was only doing windups, and did not make any throws, but it's encouraging that he has progressed to getting on an elevated surface. He was expected to throw off a mound about a week from Tuesday, and after that he should slowly progress to going a rehab assignment. A mid-May return still seems probable.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) is expected to throw off a mound in two weeks, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Jansen was spotting in a walking boot during Monday's Opening Day ceremonies, leading to some fears that he may be behind schedule in his recovery from foot surgery. The right-hander suggested all is well Tuesday, saying he expects to return to the majors by mid-May, which would be near the back end of his initial 8-to-12 week timetable. It appears Chris Hatcher will close in Jansen's absence.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) was wearing a walking boot during intros Monday, Eric Stephens of True Blue LA reports.

Jansen was reportedly set to shed the boot last week Tuesday, but wore it again Monday. It's unclear if that will have any impact on his timetable, but it's something worth monitoring in case something more comes of the situation.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Eric Stephens of True Blue LA reports.

Jansen is expected to miss the first 3-to-5 weeks of the regular season, leaving the Dodgers with a closer-by-committee. Once healthy, Jansen figures to step right back in as the closer, following a 44-save, 101-strikeout 2014 campaign.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 3 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) will get his walking boot off Tuesday, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

He has been playing catch, and once his boot comes off, he may be able to start throwing bullpen sessions in the coming days/weeks. Jansen remains on track to miss the first three-to-five weeks of the regular season, but the fact that it is a foot injury and not an elbow or shoulder injury makes him a relatively safe investment on draft day.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 1 month ago

Jansen (foot) is no longer using crutches, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

The Dodgers' closer is now just wearing a walking boot for his surgically-repaired foot. He is believed to be on track to return in late-April/early-May, and ninth inning situation in his absence remains hazy. Two of the top replacement options, J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta, are also ailing, so at this point grabbing anyone from the Dodgers' bullpen other than Jansen is akin to taking a shot in the dark.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 months ago

Jansen (foot) was fitted with a walking boot on his surgically-repaired foot, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Consider on or around May 1 for Jansen's return. The Dodgers will likely pick a temporary closer (or two) later next month.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 months ago

Jansen (foot) reported to camp Monday on crutches and says his foot cast will be replaced by a boot in five days, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

This is simply a bookkeeping note, as Jansen's timetable remains the same. He is expected to miss 7-to-11 weeks, which makes it difficult to properly value him at the moment for 2015. He would have been a top-five closer in drafts if he entered camp healthy, but owners should now be prepared for him to miss at least the first two series of 2015, and he may not return until May. A favorite to close for the Dodgers while Jansen is out has not emerged, and they could opt to go bullpen by committee with J.P. Howell, Joel Peralta and others figuring into the mix.