Kenley Jansen RP LAD 5 days ago

Jansen struck out one during a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Sunday against the Rockies.

It was originally stated that Jansen would not be thrust into the closer's role immediately upon his return from foot surgery, but this was just his second appearance so the team must be comfortable with where he is at physically. The 27-year-old struggled a bit during his rehab stint, but has racked up five strikeouts in two innings pitched since his return and has not allowed a baserunner. Now that Jansen is back in the ninth inning role for L.A., he is set to reclaim his place among the top fantasy closer's in the game.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 5 days ago

Jansen will serve as the Dodgers' closer moving forward, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports.

Jansen tossed an immaculate four-strikeout performance in his first appearance of 2015, and that was apparently all manager Don Mattingly needed to see. With Jansen seemingly back to full strength, he projects to be one of the top fantasy closers for the rest of the season.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 6 days ago

Jansen posted an ultra-rare four-strikeout inning in his season debut Friday against the Rockies.

Activated from the disabled list Friday following a six-game rehab stint at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Jansen was deployed in the seventh inning with the Dodgers holding a two-run lead. After a passed ball on a Carlos Gonzalez strikeout allowed the outfielder to reach first base, Jansen whiffed the next three batters to record the majors' first four-strikeout inning since the Diamondbacks' Oliver Perez turned the trick against these same Rockies last September. Manager Don Mattingly pledged earlier in the week that Jansen wouldn't immediately resume closing duties upon his return from a foot injury, but the right-hander's dominant showing Friday night could speed up that timeline. The Dodgers have yet to receive consistent work in the ninth inning from the collection of relievers they've turned to in Jansen's absence.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 7 days ago

Jansen (foot) was activated from the disabled list Friday.

Jansen will finally make his long-awaited return to the bullpen Friday after missing the first month and a half after undergoing surgery to remove a growth in a bone. He's not expected to return to the closer role immediately, but a string of good outings could eventually lead back to it.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 1 week ago

Jansen (foot) could be activated from the disabled list Friday, a day earlier than expected, the LA Times reports.

Jansen was on track to return to action Saturday, but an injury to fellow reliever Pedro Baez (chest) could lead to him returning a day sooner so that the Dodgers do not have to make an extra roster move or play a man short for a day. Jansen said earlier in the week that he does not intend to reclaim the closer's role immediately upon his return, but he pitched much better over his last three rehab outings than his first few, and is clearly the best option for the job, so don't consider that plan set in stone.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) said he expects to be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Rockies, but won't be reinserted as the Dodgers' closer right away, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Jansen hasn't dealt with any setbacks during his rehab assignment at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, but his rocky performance over five appearances (three runs, six hits allowed in 4.1 innings) may have prompted manager Don Mattingly to ease the right-hander back into the fold upon returning to the big club. Nonetheless, it still seems likely that Jansen -- who has been one of the league's best end-gamers for the previous three seasons -- will regain the ninth-inning gig shortly after he settles back in, though he may need current closer Yimi Garcia to stumble in an outing or two to expedite the process. Jansen will pitch again in the minors Wednesday in what amounts to a final tune-up before team doctors sign off on his activation.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) tossed 13 pitches in a rehab game while facing three batters Sunday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Jansen has now pitched on two straight days, and doesn't appear to have had any setbacks. While he has no set date for a return, it's looking as though it may be on the horizon.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen's back-to-back test has been pushed back to Saturday and Sunday,'s Ken Gurnick reports.

He threw a pretty rough 25-pitch rehab game Wednesday, and the Dodgers are apparently backing off the idea of having Jansen throw again Thursday. This is a very minor setback, assuming Jansen is able to complete the back-to-back test this weekend.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) got a little roughed up in Wednesday's rehab game, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in 25 pitches,'s Ken Gurnick reports.

He will pitch again Thursday and will likely need at least a few more rehab outings before joining the Dodgers. Yimi Garcia is quite plainly the best reliever in the Dodgers' bullpen without Jansen, but he is not guaranteed of closing every night for Los Angeles.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 3 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) will make a second rehab appearance for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Jansen first outing Friday went well, as the right-hander tossed a scoreless inning and struck out one batter. It's not certain how much time in the minors Jansen may require before being activated from the DL, but if he can continue to piece together strong performances like he did Friday, the middle of May could represent a realistic target for his return.