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Dodgers Place Jonathan Broxton On DL, Recall Kenley Jansen

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The earliest Jonathan Broxton can be activated is May 19.
The earliest Jonathan Broxton can be activated is May 19.

The Dodgers have placed closer Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list today with a bone bruise in his right elbow, retroactive to May 4, and recalled Kenley Jansen to take his place on the active roster. Broxton, who has a 5.68 ERA and has allowed 25 baserunners in 12 2/3 innings this season, was removed from his outing on Tuesday after walking two straight batters, on eight pitches, with decreased velocity. Yesterday, he had an MRI on his right elbow which showed no structural damage, Broxton's agent told the LA Times. This is the first DL stint for Broxton in his major league career.

Jansen was optioned on Sunday to make room for Hong-Chih Kuo, who was activated from the DL. Jansen went to Double A Chattanooga rather than Triple A Albuquerque, the Dodgers said, to work with pitching coach Chuck Crim on Jansen's secondary pitches. In his only appearance with the Lookouts, Jansen allowed three runs, on a home run, in one inning of work. Because Jansen is replacing an injured player, he is allowed to be recalled within 10 days of his option. And, because the optional assignment was less than 20 days, it does not count as an option used and Jansen gets full major league service time for the five days he missed.

Broxton is the 10th different Dodger to be placed on the DL this season.