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.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.