Dodgers News: Mattingly Says Jansen Is ‘A Ways Away’ From Returning

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There weren’t many great moments Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they dropped the first of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. The loss snapped the Dodgers’ seven-game winning streak and the win was just the Giants fifth of the season as they’re now five games below .500.

Prior to the game, however, there was another positive development regarding Kenley Jansen’s road to recovery. The closer threw his second bullpen session since undergoing surgery to remove a growth on a bone in his left foot.

While it indicates Jansen came out of his first bullpen session without suffering a setback, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly cautioned the closer isn’t exactly on the verge of returning, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

Basically, he’s going through spring training right now,” Mattingly said of Jansen, who had a growth removed from his left foot in February. “He’s on track for us. But he’s still a ways away.”

Assuming Jansen’s rehab remains on course, the next step would be for him to then begin a rehab assignment. Fortunately for the Dodgers, the bullpen has performed better than expected through the first two weeks of the season.

The emergence of relatively untested relievers such as, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia, along with the reliability of seasoned veteran, Joel Peralta, has turned the Dodgers’ bullpen from a glaring concern to a pleasant strength.


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