Kenley Jansen Is on the Mend

When the players, staff, and coaches for the Los Angeles Dodgers were announced at 12:45 on Monday afternoon, injured closer Kenley Jansen walked to the third baseline at Dodger Stadium in a walking boot.

But two hours earlier, he was on the outfield grass in left field, no boot, throwing a series of pitches off flat ground to bullpen catcher Steve Cilladi as a cadre of coaches and trainers looked on. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A., it was not a setback that had Jansen in the boot for introductions:

I took some quick video of a couple pitches from Jansen to Cilladi:

After throwing about twenty pitches on the grass, Jansen consulted with the staff and then walked off the field and back to the clubhouse. He walked with no noticeable limp. I am neither a doctor nor a trainer nor a coach, but from where I stood thirty feet from Cilladi, Jansen and the others seemed pleased with his progress and what he was able to do.

In Jansen’s absence, newly acquired Chris Hatcher recorded his first career save in Monday’s season opener against the Padres. Like Jansen, Hatcher began his professional career as a catcher before being converted to a hard-throwing reliever.

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