October 23, 2012 |
Reliever Kenley Jansen, who landed on the disabled list in each of the last two seasons with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a surgical procedure on Tuesday to correct the problem. Jansen is expected to be fully competitive at the start of spring training. Though Jansen will be on blood-thinning medication for the next two to three months, he will be able to throw and work out this winter without any restrictions. In fact, Jansen could probably start exercising in the next seven to 10 days.
August 31, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen will learn Tuesday if he will pitch again this season. That is the day the Dodgers' closer will visit a heart specialist who will tell him whether he has to continue taking blood-thinning medication. If Jansen stops taking the medication, he can pitch as early as Sept. 7 in San Francisco. If he has to continue taking it, he will be out four weeks. The medication is designed to prevent clots and strokes. But if Jansen is struck with a baseball while on it, he could bleed to death.
May 7, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers' closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his team's series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. “It's not a move you want to make,” Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have a lot of confidence," Guerra said. "Right now, we have to win ballgames. I'll take the blame for five or six games.
September 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has saved a career-high 26 games this season and ranks sixth among National League relievers with a 1.95 earned-run average in 72 appearances. But imagine how good he could be if he was pitching with his dominant arm. Jansen is a natural lefty. In fact, pitching is the only thing he does with his right hand. And he would still be throwing left-handed if not for his right-handed brothers. "When I was a kid I used to use a right-handed glove and I'd just put it on the other hand," says Jansen, who grew up in Curacao.
October 22, 2012 |
KENLEY JANSEN , 25, closer Final 2012 stats: 5-3, 2.35 ERA, 25 saves in 32 opportunities, 0.95 WHIP, 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Contract status: Still under team control. The good: Thrust into the closer's role for the first time in his career, the hard-throwing Jansen performed just about as well as expected, which is saying plenty. He's only expected to blow every hitter away on three pitches. After going on the disabled list again this season with an irregular heartbeat, he came back to allow only one run in his last nine games, striking out 13 in 8 1/3 innings.
August 5, 2013 |
It's not as if Kenley Jansen has never done this closing business before. It's not as if he hasn't done it very well. He saved 25 games last season. Yet even if his cutter is a couple of ticks slower than when he first burst upon the scene, Jansen has never seemed more dominant that he is right now. Jansen is on a dream roll, attacking hitters and pitching with growing confidence. He has closed his last 10 consecutive save opportunities and almost looked better with each one. He struck out the side Sunday to earn his 17th save of the season.