The Los Angeles Dodgers may not use Kenley Jansen as their closer in 2013, but they will have him in their bullpen. And he will be healthy. Jansen is feeling good and off blood thinners. He says he is completely recovered from the surgery he had last October after an irregular heartbeat was discovered.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Jansen was told by doctors that he should have no lingering affects or issues. Jansen has been off blood-thinning medication since November. He appears to be ready to throw during spring training.
"I'm doing well," Jansen said. "This is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God's hands now."
Jansen was dominant for most of 2012. He saved 25 games for the Dodgers last year and posted a 2.35 ERA. In three Major League seasons, Jansen has a 2.22 ERA. Jansen slid into the closer's role last year, but it appears he will have to fight to get that job back in 2013.
While the Dodgers will definitely need Jansen's services, they will likely use Brandon League as their closer. The Dodgers picked League up from the Seattle Mariners late last year. Regardless, the combination of Jansen and League (no matter the order) could be devastating.