Kenley Jansen off blood thinners, already throwing


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.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.