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Kenley Jansen Activated From DL

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers activated closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Jansen has been out the entire season after having surgery to remove a growth from his foot.

The 27-year-old Jansen had a career-high 44 saves last season and returns to a Dodgers' bullpen that has blown wins in two of its last three games.

Before returning to the Dodgers, Jansen pitched six rehab games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. During that time he threw 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight while only walking one batter.

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said he doesn't want to throw Jansen into the closer role right away but also added he could use the flame-thrower if a three-run save situation occurred.

Despite the skipper's convictions, Jansen seems ready to take his role as the team's closer back.

"I just need to pitch one inning," Jansen said. "That will tell me if I'm ready for it, just to feel comfortable again, to feel that I can do that job."

To make room for Jansen, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Huston Street Signs 2-Year Extension with Angels

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Los Angeles Angels signed closer Huston Street to a two-year, $18 million extension that will keep the 31-year-old in Anaheim through the 2017 season.

The deal also includes a $10 million club option for the 2018 season with a $1 million buyout and a limited no-trade clause.

Street was traded to the Angels from the San Diego Padres last July. The former first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics has since converted 28 saves with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

During his 11 year career, Street has converted 286 of his 332 save chances to go along with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Street will earn $7 million this season.

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Royals Avoid Arbitration, Agree to $8.25 Million Deal with Holland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals agree to a one-year, $8.25 million contract with closer Greg Holland on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 29-year-old Holland pitched 62 1/3 innings last season, compiling a 1.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 90 strikeouts and 46 saves, which was the second most saves in the American League.

Holland was also brilliant during the Royals' 2014 postseason run. He pitched 11 innings compiling a 0.82 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 15 strikeouts and seven saves.

Holland, who has made two straight All-Star teams, made $4,725,000 last season and asked for $9 million this season. The Royals offered $6.65 million before the two sides reached an agreement Friday.

Since the start of the 2013 season, Holland has converted 90 of 98 save opportunities, which is the highest percentage in baseball during that time.

First baseman Eric Hosmer is the only remaining Royal who is still eligible for arbitration.

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A's Activate Closer Doolittle from DL

iStockphoto(SEATTLE) -- Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Doolittle has been on the DL since Aug. 24 due to a strained right intercostal muscle.

Before getting injured, Doolittle converted 20 of his 23 save opportunities while posting a 2.28 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 80 strikeouts through 55 1/3 innings pitched.

Getting Doolittle back should be a lift for the A's, who went 5-12 when he was on the DL.

The Athletics are currently a half game ahead of Seattle and Kansas City for the top wild card spot in the American League.

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Pirates Will Place Closer Jason Grilli on DL

Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will place closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left oblique muscle.

The Pirates tried sending the 37-year-old to the DL on Friday but procedural errors forced the team to wait until Saturday.

Grilli, an All-Star last season, has made eight appearances for Pittsburgh this season. During that time he's blown three of his seven save opportunities and has a 4.50 ERA.

The Pirates will call up right-hander Jared Hughes to take Grilli's roster spot.

It's expected Mark Melancon will take over the closer duties with Grilli out, although lefty Tony Watson also might be given a chance.

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Frieri Out, Smith in as Angels Closer

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia announced that setup man Joe Smith will take over the closer duties from Ernesto Frieri.

Frieri has struggled this season compiling an 0-2 record with 9.35 ERA and two blown saves in four chances. In his last appearance on Wednesday, Frieri surrendered four runs in 0.1 of an inning.

Smith, who has three career saves, has pitched 10 innings this season posting a 3.60 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, three walks and 11 strikeouts.

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Farnsworth Named Mets Closer

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets skipper Terry Collins announced Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is the team's new closer.

The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who didn't make the team out of spring training, takes over for Jose Valverde, who has allowed four home runs in his last three appearances.

The job was originally Bobby Parnell's, but he was lost to the year with an elbow injury.

Farnsworth has been a closer before: the 6-foot-4 righty has 54 career saves, 25 of them in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Farnsworth has pitched 7.1 innings for the Mets this season allowing six hits, one run, and two walks while striking out five.

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Uehara Dealing with Shoulder Stiffness

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was unavailable to pitch for the second-straight game due to stiffness in his right shoulder.

"He's unavailable today," Red Sox skipper John Farrell said before the team's 7-4 loss Saturday to the New York Yankees "We haven't gotten to the point of any roster move with him. We're still gathering information. We'll look to put him through a little bit of a throwing program tomorrow. That's the next step."

Uehara made it aware he felt stiffness in the shoulder after playing long toss with teammate Junichi Tazawa before Friday's game.

Uehara said he felt the same stiffness in 2012 while with the Texas Rangers. That stiffness ended up being a strained latissimus dorsi, resulting in Uehara missing 66 games.

The Red Sox will watch Uehara long toss Sunday before determining if the 39-year-old will be sent back to Boston for testing.

In the meantime, Edward Mujica takes over as Boston's closer. 

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Closer Aroldis Chapman Will Throw Bullpen Session Monday

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will throw his first bullpen session Monday as he continues to recover from being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training.

Chapman hasn't taken the mound since the incident, which gave the 26-year-old Cuban a mild concussion and required having a plate and screws inserted around his eye to repair bone.

While Chapman hasn't taken the mound, he did play catch Thursday with catcher Brayan Pena.

"I'm speechless, to be honest with you," Pena told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday. "What I saw from him (Thursday), he was throwing probably 97 or 96 mph on the flat ground that we were playing. I was impressed. After that we ran three-quarter poles and he was very fresh, very strong. He was great. Like I said, I'm speechless. I never expected him to be this advanced -- I don't know if he's ahead of schedule, but he looks like it. He looks great, great form. He's loose, his motion was good. He was moving his head like it was nothing. I was very, very surprised to see Chappy throwing like that."

There is still no definite timetable for Chapman's return.

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Bobby Parnell Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery 

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell's season is officially over, after the team announced Sunday he will have Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow.

Team doctor David Atlchek will perform the surgery on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Last Tuesday it was revealed that Parnell had a partially-torn MCL in his right elbow. It was originally planned that Parnell would attempt to rehab his elbow rather than have surgery. The 29-year-old was going to rest for two weeks before determining if rehab would work.

Instead, Parnell decided it would be best not to chance it and elected to have the surgery so he would be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

With Parnell out, Jose Valverde has taken over the closing duties in Queens.

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