By Jon Weisman
In the “Better now than in six months” category comes the following announcement from the Dodgers’ public relations department:
This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. This was discovered when Kenley reported discomfort while running last week. A subsequent X-Ray, MRI and CT scan showed the problem in the 5th metatarsal of his left foot. The surgery was performed by Drs. Earl Brien and David Thordarson under the direction of Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Jansen will be on crutches for about 10 days and then a boot for 3-4 weeks. How he progresses during the rehab process will determine his return to competition, but it is expected to be approximately 8-12 weeks.
If Jansen were to return in 10 weeks, that would put him back in action in the last week of April.
With Jansen sidelined, the Dodgers’ Opening Day bullpen will have no more than three relievers that were in the 2014 Opening Day bullpen. J.P. Howell, Brandon League and Paco Rodriguez are the only other current members of the 40-man roster that were in the bullpen when the 2014 season began.
The 27-year-old Jansen allowed 74 baserunners in 65 1/3 innings while striking out 101 in 2014. In 287 2/3 career innings, Jansen has allowed 287 baserunners while striking out 448.