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Kenley Jansen to begin rehab assignment Friday

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Kenley Jansen crossed the final hurdle of his throwing program on Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, throwing a 20-pitch simulated inning, and has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jansen touched 96 mph with his fastball in Tuesday’s simulated frame — a pretty good indication that the hard-throwing righty is nearly back to full strength.

Jansen has been on the shelf all April following February foot surgery. He’ll make five or six appearances in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen.

This comes with good timing, as veteran reliever Joel Peralta — the Dodgers’ primary fill-in at closer for the past three weeks — landed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder soreness.

Archie Bradley leaves game after taking liner to face

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Frightening moment at Chase Field in Arizona …

Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley had to leave his start Tuesday night against the visiting Rockies after taking a Carlos Gonzalez line drive off the right side of his face in the top of the second inning.

Bradley dropped to the ground immediately, but he was eventually able to get back to his feet and walk off the field under his own power. There was some obvious swelling developing in his right cheek, but it seems as though he may have avoided a serious head injury. We’ll have updates as they come.

According to MLB’s Gameday data, the line drive that struck Bradley left CarGo’s bat at 115 mph. Yikes.

Bradley entered Tuesday’s outing with a 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in his first 18 2/3 major league innings.

The 22-year-old right-hander was a consensus top-25 prospect entering the 2015 regular season.

Alex Colome to make 2015 debut Friday vs. Orioles

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Alex Colome showed up late to Rays camp this spring due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic and he caught a bad case of pneumonia once he did finally arrive in Florida. But everything is trending well now for the 26-year-old right-hander …

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Colome is scheduled to make his 2015 regular-season debut this Friday night against the Orioles. The game was scheduled to be played at Camden Yards, but it has been shifted to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field due to the ongoing unrest in downtown Baltimore.

Colome posted a 2.35 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 rehab innings (four starts) between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. He boasts a 2.50 ERA in 39 2/3 career major league frames.

Masahiro Tanaka placed on the 15-day disabled list with a small strain in his right forearm

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was sent for an MRI on Tuesday morning after complaining of pain in his right wrist. The MRI showed no damage in his wrist — only some mild tendinitis — but it did reveal a small muscle strain in his right forearm, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Add that to the partially-torn UCL that Tanaka suffered last year.

Tanaka will be placed on the disabled list with no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that it will be at least a month, “conservatively.”

The 26-year-old right-hander from Osaka, Japan had registered a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio through his first 22 1/3 innings this season. He owns a stellar 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 165/28 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 career major league frames.

Jed Lowrie will be out through the All-Star break with a torn ligament in his right thumb

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The diagnosis was announced Tuesday on the Astros’ official Twitter account …

Lowrie suffered the injury while sliding into home plate in the eighth inning of Monday’s 9-4 win over the Padres and flew to Houston for an MRI on Tuesday. That exam revealed the ligament tear, which will require surgery to repair and is expected to keep the 31-year-old shortstop on the shelf through the All-Star break. Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored on Monday night and was sporting a .300/.432/.567 slash line through 74 plate appearances this season. It’s obviously a tough blow for the Astros, who entered play Tuesday with a 12-7 record.