LOS ANGELES -- Closer Kenley Jansen will meet with doctors Friday to get his final clearance to return when the Dodgers take on the Nationals on Tuesday.
Jansen has been sidelined with a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat and he's been practicing and throwing as normal lately, except he's been doing it before the rest of the team takes the field. The closer is on blood-thinning medication and manager Don Mattingly said he feels good about Jansen making it back for his target return date.
The team could get Scott Elbert back even sooner, Mattingly said. The lefty, who has been out since Aug. 27 with left elbow inflammation, will throw a simulated game Friday and he will be ready to return if all goes well.
As for lefty Ted Lilly, who has been out since May with left shoulder inflammation, the veteran was scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday, but it was pushed back. Mattingly wouldn't say whether or not there was a setback, but said Lilly was scheduled to meet with doctors Thursday night before weighing his options regarding whether it is worth coming back.