September 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen has saved a career-high 27 games this season and is tied with Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman for the strikeout lead among National League relievers with 107 in 72 appearances. Just imagine how good the right-hander would be if he were pitching with his good 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.
June 11, 2013 |
A day after Brandon League blew his second save in four opportunities, Kenley Jansen was named the Dodgers' closer. But in solving one problem, Manager Don Mattingly might have created another. The team's best reliever, Jansen was previously in a flexible role, as Mattingly deployed him in the most high-leverage situations, often in the seventh or eighth innings. That experiment was abandoned Tuesday, as Mattingly designated Jansen for ninth-inning duty to replace League, who has an earned-run average of 6.00.
July 29, 2011 |
Kenley Jansen was healthy enough on Friday to throw a bullpen session but still landed on the disabled list. Jansen, who was hospitalized earlier in the week because of an irregular heartbeat, is on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. If struck by a baseball, Jansen could bleed excessively. The hard-throwing reliever will be on the medication for three weeks, after which he should be able to return to competition. Trainer Stan Conte called the measure precautionary, saying it was very unlikely Jansen would have suffered a clot.
August 29, 2012 |
Are you ready for the Dodgers' latest scare? Kenley Jansen was held out of the Dodgers last two games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of his heart condition. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with an irregular heartbeat . He had to take blood thinners to get his condition under control and, with fear of possibly hemorrhaging, was not allowed to play. If it's the same situation now, Jansen would probably be lost for the rest of the season. Jansen would not address his condition with reporters after the Dodgers' 10-8 victory in Denver, and did not give the training staff permission to discuss it. The only information the team did release was that his heart problem was related to the one he experienced last season.
June 14, 2012 |
You want perfection. Want him to strike out every batter, knock at 100 mph with every pitch, to never give up a single hit. Otherwise, Kenley Jansen can be whomever he wants. Except, of course, much like everyone else in the history of baseball, Jansen is not perfect. He makes mistakes, and sometimes they prove very costly. So in two of the Dodgers' last three games, he walks off the losing pitcher. Enters the ninth in a tie game and gives up the winning hit. And you're thinking, what?
May 15, 2013 |
Perhaps you noticed it was Kenley Jansen, and not the struggling Brandon League, who came in to get the final out and the save Tuesday against the Nationals. Which naturally indicated that Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has decided to change closers again. Unless it doesn't, because if you simply listen to Mattingly, you could think anything. The simple question was, is Jansen now the closer? “We'll see,” Mattingly said. “I don't know if I really have to set roles. We always talk about where we're at in the lineup.
September 4, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Kenley Jansen hopes to be pitching again by the middle of the month, though surgery awaits his heart condition. Jansen hasn't pitched since Aug. 27 in Colorado, when he once again suffered an irregular heartbeat. After consulting with another heart specialist Tuesday, the Dodgers announced he would remain on blood thinners another 10 days, and hopes to be able to pitch again by Sept. 17, which is an off day. That would make their closer available for the Dodgers' final 15 regular-season games.
April 8, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Kenley Jansen should be able to attend his newborn daughter's graduation and wedding ceremonies. No longer does the Dodgers' hard-throwing setup man have to worry that playing baseball could cost him his life. His heart now functions normally. Nearly six months ago, Jansen underwent a cardiac operation that scared him out of his usual laid-back persona. "It's finally fixed," Jansen, 25, said with a smile. Heading into the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, Jansen has pitched three times.
September 21, 2011 |
The most dominant pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen commands more languages than he does pitches. But if the one pitch Kenley Jansen throws regularly is a cut fastball in the mid-90s that breaks from one side of the plate to the other, does it matter? Jansen, the pentalingual setup man from the Caribbean island of Curacao, has struck out 23 of the last 33 batters he has faced. Of the 19 runners he has inherited this season, only one has scored. Jansen didn't emerge from the bullpen on Wednesday night, as the Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants, 8-5, at Dodger Stadium.
April 29, 2012 |
Hours after reiterating that Javy Guerra was his closer despite rough outings recently, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly used Kenley Jansen to finish Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. But that was because Guerra had pitched Saturday night and Jansen was "the freshest arm," Mattingly said. The hard-throwing Jansen walked leadoff batter Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning and fell behind the next batter. Soon Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, although to Mattingly that was not a contradiction, saying that if Jansen were "to walk the house" he needed Guerra ready.