Kenley Jansen was cleared Monday to resume pitching, providing welcome relief to the Dodgers’ struggling bullpen.
Jansen told reporters he will be activated off the DL for Monday night’s home game against the Cardinals.
Sidelined since Aug. 9 by an irregular heartbeat, the Dodgers initially feared their closer would miss four to six weeks.
Yet Jansen returned to pitching off a mound last Wednesday, and threw a simulated inning two days later. He said Monday he is no longer taking blood thinners.
Jansen’s return is a welcome sign for the Dodgers. The bullpen lost seven straight late-game leads during his absence, and now has 23 blown saves this year, tied with the Rockies for second most in baseball.
The 30-year-old pitcher, who missed a month in 2011 and several weeks in 2012 while dealing with a similar heart condition, has said he will likely undergo another heart ablation procedure this offseason.
Jansen has been his usual dominant self this season, with 32 saves in 35 opportunities and a 2.15 ERA.