Kenley Jansen returns from the 15-day disabled list at a good time for the Dodgers.

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen saved 44 games in 2014, his first full season as the Dodgers’ closer. (Getty Images)

When Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent bone-graft surgery in his left foot in February, worry was a natural reaction. The front office spent the winter re-making the bullpen, going from a roster rich with rich former closers into a younger, less experienced unit.

Here we are on May 15, Jansen hasn’t pitched an inning and the Dodgers’ bullpen has been one of the most reliable in the majors.

Of course, rookie Yimi Garcia has blown two saves in two opportunities this week, so maybe Jansen is returning to the active roster at a good time. Still, he won’t be the Dodgers’ closer tonight and Jansen is OK with that. Actually, he prefers it this way.

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Game 34: More rain douses the Dodgers’ parade.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson is 1-0 with a 1.10 earned-run average in his last three starts. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers had never lost a game this season when they scored four or more runs prior to this week. Yimi Garcia had never blown a save, either. Both things have happened twice now and you almost wonder if the world is about to end.

We can’t promise the sun is going to come out tomorrow; it’s supposed to be cloudy in Southern California again. But the sun will come out eventually, and Kenley Jansen will come off the disabled list, possibly before the next time you see the sun. The Dodgers hadn’t decided whether or not that will happen Friday or Saturday when we spoke to Don Mattingly after the game.

Hector Olivera is coming, too. Friday could be a busy day.

In the meantime, you can read about this game and about what might or might not have led to Pedro Baez’s strained pectoral muscle.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Rest in peace, B.B. King. Here’s a bootleg recording of him jamming with Jimi Hendrix in 1968:

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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