Kenley Jansen

After undergoing surgery on his left foot Feb. 17, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen continues to make steady progress in his recovery. The original estimates for a return were slated to be around eight to 12 weeks, but Jansen did state he expects to come back sooner.

The 27 year old arrived at Camelback Ranch a few days after pitchers and catchers reported, and though he’s on the mend, has managed to throw off one foot. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Jansen continued to make strides Friday as he was fitted for a protective boot:

Injured Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was fitted with a protective boot on Friday as he continues his recovery from left-foot surgery. After stitches are removed next week, the boot will allow Jansen to begin placing weight on the foot and gradually ramp up athletic activity. Until then, he will continue on crutches.

While being without their best reliever from last season for the start of 2015 is far from ideal for the Dodgers, losing Jansen now is much better than him missing time later in the season. Jansen said some thought was given to him pitching through the injury, but the potential repercussion didn’t outweigh the risk.

During the time the Dodgers will not have the comfort of being able to call on Jansen in the ninth inning, manager Don Mattingly said he will rely on late-game matchups rather than attempt to find a replacement.

Jansen is coming off a season in which he converted a career-best 44 saves and avoided arbitration with the Dodgers by settling on a one-year, $7.25 million contract in January.

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