Brad Ziegler revealed after Tuesday's game that he's dealt with the fraying of cartilage in his left knee since late June.
An MRI revealed the damage, but Ziegler obviously chose to pitch through it. He could undergo surgery over the offseason, but it appears he'll keep pitching for now. The reliever served up a walk-off homer Tuesday and has a 5.70 ERA since July 1, so the knee definitely seems to have affected him.
Kenley Jansen struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Since August 5, Jansen has struck out multiple batters in nine of 10 appearances. He's pitched like his profession is revenge since toting a 4.55 ERA into play on June 20, coughing up only two runs since that date (0.96 ERA in July, 0.87 in August) and striking out well more than a batter per inning (34/4 K/BB rate in 20 2/3 frames since the beginning of July). The flamethrower boasts a stellar 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 90/15 K/BB ratio over 55-plus innings.