Jansen cleared to return to action on Tuesday

Jansen cleared to return to action on Tuesday

Jansen cleared to return to action on Tuesday
LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen will officially be available to pitch Tuesday with the Dodgers closer taking the blood-thinning medication for his irregular heartbeat for the last time Friday. It takes two days for the medication to clear his system, which sets Jansen up to be able to pitch when the Dodgers take on the Nationals after Monday's off-day.

Manager Don Mattingly said he's been pleased with Brandon League's performance as the closer with Jansen sidelined, so he plans to ease the righty into action without throwing him into a pressure save situation.

Jansen said he's not afraid and willing to do whatever his manager asks of him.

"If he wants to give me the ball in the ninth, I'm ready to do it," he said. "I'm built for it. I will fight for it. I will do everything to help this team, whether it's in the seventh, eighth or ninth."

The closer will continue taking aspirin regularly and he said he will have cardiac ablation surgery in the offseason that shouldn't keep him from Spring Training.

More help looks to be on the way with Scott Elbert expected to come back Tuesday, as well. The lefty, who has been out with left elbow inflammation, threw a simulated game Friday and he will throw another one on Sunday.