Dodgers’ Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks Following Foot Surgery

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks, per team announcement on Tuesday.

Jansen reported discomfort after running last week, and subsequent tests showed a growth on one of the bones in his foot. Doctors removed the growth Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Dodgers said Jansen will be on crutches for about 10 days, then in a protective boot for another three to four weeks.

The Dodgers have no obvious short-term replacement for Jansen on the 40-man roster. Brandon League might be the likeliest candidate given his 74 career saves.

Lefty J.P. Howell has saved 21 games in his career. The Dodgers also added veteran Joel Peralta and younger pitchers Chris Hatcher, Juan Nicasio and Adam Liberatore this winter.

Jansen, 27, had a 2.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while saving 44 of his 49 opportunities last year.

The Dodgers have expressed little interest in any of the remaining free-agent relievers such as Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano or Joba Chamberlain, but Jansen’s injury could change their plans.

Dodgers pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the team’s Arizona spring training camp Thursday.

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