Jansen still LA closer, will be eased back in

Jansen still LA closer, will be eased back in

LOS ANGELES -- In case anyone wondered, manager Don Mattingly said Kenley Jansen will get his job back as Dodgers closer.

Jansen has recovered steadily from mid-February surgery to remove a benign growth from his left foot. He made his final rehab appearance for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night, striking out two in a perfect inning, and is expected to be activated on Saturday.

Mattingly said he will try to ease Jansen back into action by using him in a non-save situation once or twice.

"He's going to be the closer -- no question about that," Mattingly said. "We just want to get him comfortable first."

Jansen is in agreement because, "in his words, he hasn't pitched in a Major League game in a long time," Mattingly said.

"We don't want him in a bases-loaded, no-room-for-error situation. We'll try to give him an inning somewhat comfortable, not a total pressure situation."

In Jansen's absence, Mattingly has closed by committee, with Joel Peralta (three), Chris Hatcher (two) and Yimi Garcia (one) earning saves. Only two teams in the National League have fewer saves than the Dodgers.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.