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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 265
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Pitching while dealing with a virus, Kenley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth on his way to his 18th save Friday.
Jansen's stuff wasn't quite there tonight, but he had just enough to get the job done against the Angels. He might get Saturday off after laboring through 26 pitches in this one, potentially opening up a save chance for J.P. Howell or Pedro Baez. Aug 1 - 3:19 AM

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Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his 17th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

Jansen issued a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin, but he rebounded quickly with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts. Jansen has had some shaky appearances of late with five runs allow over his last nine innings, but he still boasts a 2.28 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and absurd 43/3 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 frames this season.
Jul 22 - 3:34 PM

Kenley Jansen got into a ninth inning jam and escaped, converting his 14th save in Monday's 10-7 victory over the Phillies.

Jansen walked Carlos Ruiz and allowed a single to Cody Asche to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs. He struck out Domonic Brown, got Jeff Francoeur to fly out, and struck out Andres Blanco to end the game. Jansen had allowed runs in each of his previous three performances. The hard-throwing right-hander is 14-for-15 in save chances with a 1.83 ERA and a 34/2 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings.
Jul 7 - 2:44 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a late run but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Jansen trotted into the game with his team up 4-2. The two-run cushion turned out to be necessary. After striking out the first batter of the frame, Jansen coughed up a solo homer to David Peralta before recording the last two outs minus any issues. Jansen's allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but owners should look to a 13-for-14 save chance record, 1.53 ERA and stellar 30/1 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings rather than these little blips of trouble on the radar. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the top closers in the game.
Jul 2 - 1:16 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still snagged his 12th save of the season as the Dodgers pulled out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

With two outs, Jansen issued his first walk of the season to his 56th batter. Paul Goldschmidt then punished him for the walk with an RBI double. Jansen bounced back to strike out Yasmany Tomas to end the game. The right-hander is 12-for-13 in save chances this season with a 1.08 ERA and a 28/1 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 2:00 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double, but worked around it for his 11th save in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Marlins.

Christian Yelich greeted Jansen with a leadoff double, which allowed the Marlins to bring the potential tying run to the plate on three separate occasions. Jansen struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna consecutively before getting Derek Dietrich to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been utterly dominant since debuting in mid-May, now 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.57 ERA and a 26/0 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
Jun 28 - 4:20 PM

Kenley Jansen worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a 0-0 game against the Rangers on Thursday and earned the win when the Dodgers scored in the bottom half of the frame.

He struck out two in the frame, blowing away Joey Gallo and Mitch Moreland. Jansen was the pitcher of record when Keone Kela balked in pinch runner Enrique Hernández to end the affair. Jansen's season got off to the late start, but the Dutch-born hurler has been superb even since he stepped back on the bump, posting a 0.75 ERA and 0.33 WHIP while going 9-for-10 in save opportunities. With a 22/0 K/BB rate in 12 innings, you don't want to be standing in the batter's box against him at the moment.
Jun 19 - 1:49 AM

Kenley Jansen worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save, closing out Tuesday's 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks.

Jansen got back-to-back strikeouts of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Nick Ahmed before getting pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been unflappable in eight innings since making his debut on May 15, going 7-for-7 in save chances with a 14/0 K/BB ratio.
Jun 10 - 12:52 AM

Kenley Jansen earned his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Cardinals.

Jansen has been available since Thursday, but the Dodgers had no reason to pitch him in the first two games of their series against the Cardinals because both were losses. The hard-throwing closer dealt with some dehydration Wednesday in the Dodgers' series finale in Colorado, but he's fine now. Jansen retired all three St. Louis batters he faced Saturday and he's allowed only one hit in seven appearances this season.
Jun 7 - 12:44 AM

Kenley Jansen is available to pitch on Thursday.

Jansen has been battling dehydration, but is with the team and in uniform on Thursday. Expect to see him if a save situation arises.
Jun 4 - 7:48 PM

A source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Dodgers suspect Kenley Jansen was battling dehydration on Wednesday night in Colorado.

Jansen was unavailable for a save opportunity and neither he nor manager Don Mattingly would explain why to the media after the game. There was some concern that the closer was experiencing another heart problem -- he had a scary issue in Denver back in 2012 -- but Rosenthal's source says this recent illness is not believed to be heart-related. Jansen will get a precautionary checkup in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. He could be available for Thursday night's series opener against the visiting Cardinals.
Jun 4 - 12:50 PM

A team source indicated to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that Kenley Jansen could be available to pitch Thursday.

Jansen was held out of a possible save chance Wednesday because he wasn't feeling well and the Dodgers refused to give specifics, leading to rampant speculation. ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe sent out a late-night, early-morning tweet that he was keeping Jansen in his "prayers," fueling even more chatter that this might be something serious. Jansen did have a heart problem in Denver back in 2012, and that's where the Dodgers were playing Wednesday night. They open a big four-game series at home against the Cardinals on Thursday.
Jun 4 - 8:56 AM

Kenley Jansen was held out of Wednesday's save chance because he wasn't feeling well, according to a Dodgers spokesman.

Jansen was in the clubhouse after the game, but he refused to talk to the media. And manager Don Mattingly would not answer questions about what led to his closer's unavailability. It's unclear if Jansen is just day-to-day or if something more serious is going on. The right-hander does have a history of heart problems. The Dodgers blew Wednesday's lead without him, as Adam Liberatore, Yimi Garcia, and J.P. Howell combined to give up three runs in the ninth.
Jun 4 - 3:56 AM

Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth inning, grabbing his fifth save as the Dodgers came back to win 9-8 on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader versus the Rockies.

It didn't look like Jansen would be needed, but Alex Guerrero turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead with a grand slam in the top of the ninth. Jansen allowed a one-out double to Carlos Gonzalez, but got a ground out and a strike out to end the game. Jansen has converted all five saves since making his season debut on May 15, and he's been unscored upon with an 11/0 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Jun 3 - 12:22 AM

Kenley Jansen cleaned up a mess, escaping the ninth inning with his fourth save as the Dodgers won 6-3 against the Braves on Monday.

The Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth with a four-run lead, so Chris Hatcher started the frame. He allowed a double and a single to put runners on the corners and no outs, so manager Don Mattingly went to Jansen to escape the jam. Jansen got a strikeout, induced a run-scoring ground out, and ended the game with another ground out. Jansen has been dominant since returning from the disabled list, converting all four save chances with five scoreless innings and a 9/0 K/BB ratio.
May 25 - 11:17 PM

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5Alex Wood
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3J.P. Howell
4Chris Hatcher
5Pedro Baez
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8Yimi Garcia
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