Kenley Jansen plays catch for first time since undergoing left foot surgery in February


Some promising news out of Dodgers camp …’s Ken Gurnick reports that closer Kenley Jansen is off his crutches for good and played catch from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday afternoon.

“I was able to land on the foot and there was no pain,” said Jansen, who underwent surgery exactly one month ago to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. “I just have to take it slowly. It’s still healing, but I didn’t feel anything wrong.”

Jansen, who converted 44 saves in 2014, is expected to join the Dodgers’ bullpen near the end of April. Joel Peralta and Chris Hatcher figure to head up a ninth-inning committee until Kenley is ready.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).