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.
June 13, 2012 |
Maybe the Dodgers had better use Kenley Jansen only in save situations, because this pitching in the ninth of a tie game just isn't working out. For the second time in three nights, Manager Don Mattingly brought Jansen in to start the ninth inning with the game tied and he gave up the winning run. This time Erick Aybar, who at first tried to bunt his way on, drilled a leadoff home run to propel the Angels to a 2-1 victory Wednesday over...
August 21, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen knows how quickly fans can turn on a closer. He saw it happen to Jonathan Broxton. Broxton, now a setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, made two All-Star teams with the Dodgers. But Broxton never lived down his failures in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs and spent his final seasons in Los Angeles as a divisive figure among fans. As the closer on a contending team, Jansen now carries the burden that once belonged to Broxton. Jansen, in his first season as closer, views this as an opportunity.
May 29, 2011 |
At this rate, the Dodgers could soon have enough injured closers to outfit an entire division. They lost a fourth late-inning reliever Sunday when Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. The rookie threw 38 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Monday against Houston and 30 more pitches Saturday night in an inning against Florida. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was annoyed that Jansen did not disclose any discomfort in his arm until Saturday, even though it was an ongoing issue.
May 7, 2012 |
On the day the Dodgers played their first home game under new ownership, there were changes beyond the owner's box. Kenley Jansen was the team's new closer, replacing the slumping Javy Guerra . Manager Don Mattingly informed Guerra of his decision Monday. "I said all along I didn't want to do this," Mattingly said. "It's the games making the decision. I don't really have to make it. It's making it for me. " Guerra started this season the way he finished the last, converting seven of his first eight save opportunities and posting a 2.16 earned-run average.
February 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
October 11, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - One guy has the most famous beard in sports, the other guy is all scraggle and shadow. One guy has so many colorful tattoos he pitches like a blurred painting, the other guy has never been inked. One guy wears 00 because nobody else wanted it, the other guy wears 74 out of sentiment, because it is the street number of the home he bought for his family. Only on these diverse Dodgers, it seems, could Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen live in different worlds yet be part of the same punch.
May 18, 2013 |
ATLANTA - There is a new-age school of thought that believes teams should use their best relievers the way the Dodgers are using Kenley Jansen - in potentially game-altering situations, often in innings other than the ninth. But Manager Don Mattingly said his decision to use Jansen in this manner is based on his team's needs rather than a desire to revolutionize the modern bullpen. Even with Brandon League struggling, Mattingly has hesitated designating Jansen as the closer because doing so would severely limit his options leading up to the ninth inning.
December 5, 2013 |
The Beard is coming back. Free-agent right-hander Brian Wilson on Thursday signed a new deal with the Dodgers, a one-year, $10-million contract to return as closer Kenley Jansen's setup man. Wilson was looking to return to a closer role, but the former All-Star, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles, made an exception for the Dodgers, provided they pay him like a ninth-inning pitcher. They are, and they also promised him the chance to become closer should Jansen falter or get injured, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.
February 13, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers have three former All-Star closers and none of them is likely to start the season as the team's primary ninth-inning option. That job belongs to Kenley Jansen. As crowded as the Dodgers are in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp vying for three starting spots, they might be even more talented in the bullpen. The Dodgers have so many experienced relief pitchers, they might not have a place on the major league roster for Paco Rodriguez, who posted a 2.32 earned-run average in 76 games as a rookie last season.