Dodgers place Pedro Baez on 15-day disabled list with strained right pectoral muscle.


The Dodgers placed Pedro Baez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right pectoral muscle. The 27-year-old pitcher said he believes he won’t need more than the couple weeks to come back, but the Dodgers are concerned enough that Baez won’t be cleared to throw for a couple days.

Baez exited Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins after he threw a 94-mph fastball that Dee Gordon hit for a double in the eighth inning. Baez had been touching 99 mph on the radar gun with his fastball prior to that pitch.

“(The injury) happened during Dee Gordon’s at-bat,” Baez said through an interpreter. “The last three pitches I felt a little bit of discomfort.”

Baez said the muscle wasn’t causing him any pain Thursday and it’s the first time he’s had such an injury.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Baez’s place on the 25-man roster. Right-hander Kenley Jansen is also eligible to be activated after completing his rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.

While Jansen said he’s mentally and physically ready to return, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’d prefer to wait until Saturday before the closer is activated. Whether Jansen is activated Friday or Saturday, Mattingly said, depends on what happens in the course of Thursday’s game.
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Kenley Jansen wraps up rehab assignment with 1-2-3 inning for Rancho Cucamonga.

Kenley Jansen faced three batters in a clean first inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander recorded a flyout and two strikeouts in what was supposed to be his final rehab appearance as he works his way back from foot surgery in February.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier int he day that Jansen will be activated as early as Saturday.

“We want to break him in, put him in an inning that’s not like bases loaded, something like not any room for error,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be the closer. There’s no question about that.”

Kenley Jansen to complete rehab assignment tonight; could return Saturday.

I reported yesterday that Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly now says that Jansen won’t be activated before Saturday:

Jansen is due to complete his rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 7 p.m. He’ll start the game and pitch one inning.

Mattingly added that he’s talked to Jansen about not closing as soon as he comes back, and Jansen sounded “comfortable” with that.

“We want to break him in, put him in an inning that’s not like bases loaded, something like not any room for error,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be the closer. There’s no question about that.”