Kenley Jansen fielded ground balls off the mound at Dodger Stadium Tuesday for the first time in his rehab from left foot surgery. The right-hander only spent a few minutes on the field, but said he felt fine afterward.
Jansen is on track to start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, a home game against the Bakersfield Blaze. He said he’ll throw one inning. That will be the last of his six rehab games if all goes according to plan.
“It’s my last outing,” Jansen said, “so I have to take it like a shutdown inning.”
The Dodgers typically like to give players an extra day before they return, so Jansen could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday.
Kenley Jansen allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga today in their game against the Visalia Rawhide. Jansen allowed one home run and recorded both outs via strikeout.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Jansen is in line to pitch Thursday for Rancho, his first back-to-back appearances since his rehab began.
Update (4:15 p.m.): Mattingly said that Jansen’s next rehab appearance with Rancho will now be Saturday. “He’s doing fine though,” Mattingly said. “He’s moving in the right direction.”
According to the in-game broadcast by Donny Baarns today, Jansen was unusually deliberate in his mechanics and seemed to struggle to find his release point.
Fortunately there’s some photographic evidence to support this.
MILWAUKEE — Dodgers closer Jansen will pitch rehab games Wednesday and Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, manager Don Mattingly said.
Jansen has appeared in two rehab games to this point in his recovery from February foot surgery, Friday and Sunday in Rancho. These will be his first back-to-back games, a necessary step before he can return.
The Wednesday game features an unusual 10:30 a.m. start time.