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.