Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen began his rehab assignment on Friday night, with Single-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Jansen has been sidelined since just before spring training started after undergoing surgery to remove a benign growth on his left foot.
The big right-hander tossed a 14-pitch scoreless first inning for the Quakes, facing the minimum three batters, allowing one hit, induced a GIDP and added one strikeout. The Dodgers expect a mid-May return for Jansen but not before at least five or six more outings on his rehab assignment.
Los Angeles has fared well without its’ proven closer, using a couple different relievers to hold down the fort. They have five saves in seven opportunities, three for Joel Peralta and one apiece for Chris Hatcher and Yimi Garcia. The Dodgers bullpen as a whole owns a 2.25 ERA, which ranks second amongst National League teams.
Jansen’s next outing for the Quakes is expected to be on Sunday.