Dodgers will activate Kenley Jansen from the disabled list on Saturday

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The Dodgers will regain some stability at the back end of the bullpen on Saturday, as they’re expected to activate closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Jansen underwent foot surgery in February and started the season on the disabled list. He made five rehab appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The Dodgers utilized a bullpen-by-committeee in Jansen’s absence, with Joel Peralta picking up three saves, Chris Hatcher two, and Yimi Garcia one.

Manager Don Mattingly said Jansen won’t immediately reclaim his role as closer, so the aforementioned trio should still get some save opportunities over the next week or two, but it shouldn’t be long before Jansen starts racking up the saves as usual. He finished the 2014 season with a 2.76 ERA with a 101/19 K/BB ratio and 44 saves in 65 1/3 innings.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.