LA Dodgers activate closer Kenley Jansen

May 15, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hit by a litany of injuries this season, particularly among the pitching staff, but today the bullpen received some positive news, as the team reinstated right-handed closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list.

Jansen missed the first 34 games of the season after having surgery in spring training to remove a growth from a bone (fifth metatarsal) in his left foot on February 17.

When healthy, Jansen is one of the elite closers in the game, as he posted a 2-3 record with a 2.76 ERA (20 ER/65.1 IP), and tied for third in the National League with a career-high 44 saves in 2014.

Last year, the native of Curacao joined Eric Gagné (2002-04), Jeff Shaw (2001) and Todd Worrell (1996) as the only Dodger relievers to record a 40-save season. His 106 career saves rank fifth in Dodger franchise history.

Jansen, 27, pitched in six rehab games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA (3 ER/5.1 IP), and struck out eight while walking one. He last pitched for the Quakes on Wednesday, striking out two and throwing 13 pitches in a perfect frame.

The team also optioned Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City.  Coulombe has made one big league appearance this season in two stints with the club.

By Staff of and news services

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