Kenley Jansen off blood thinners, already throwing

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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register has a dose of excellent news for the Los Angeles bullpen:

Reliever Kenley Jansen said he is completely recovered from the surgical procedure he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat and has been told by doctors there should be no further issues.

“I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

Jansen was taken off blood thinners in November and was able to begin his offseason throwing program on time (earlier this month).

He’s planning to head to the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona next week.

Jansen, 25, has posted a remarkable 2.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 14.6 K/9 through his first 145 2/3 major league innings. He will serve as a setup man this summer in front of Dodgers closer Brandon League.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.