Kenley Jansen to begin throwing off mound Sunday


Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is starting to make significant progress in his recovery from February surgery to remove a bone growth from his left foot.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Jansen, who has been playing catch regularly since mid-March, is all set to begin throwing off a mound Sunday in Arizona. He’ll toss several bullpen sessions before advancing to live batting practice. Then comes a minor league rehab assignment.

If all goes smoothly, the 27-year-old right-hander should be ready to join the Dodgers’ bullpen around mid-May.

He converted 44 saves last season alongside a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 13.9 K/9.