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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
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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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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Kenley Jansen's next appearance will likely come in a closing role.

The club wanted to ease Jansen back into closing duties, but after he needed just 14 pitches to complete a four-strikeout inning Friday it was clear that he's ready. "He didn’t look very rusty," Mattingly said. "That’s a good feeling for him and a good feeling for the club, too."
May 17 - 10:17 AM

Kenley Jansen had a four-strikeout inning in his season debut Friday against the Rockies.

That's one way to finish up a comeback. Jansen needed just 14 pitches for the four strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez reached on a passed ball on the first, but even having the runner on base did nothing to disrupt Kenley. After such a dominant showing, he should be back closing in no time flat.
May 16 - 2:05 AM

Dodgers activated RHP Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list.

Jansen had been sidelined with a foot injury. The hard-throwing righty won't take over closing duties immediately, as the Dodgers work to fold him back into the bullpen mix, but he should give them a major lift and if everything goes well, will resume closing duties eventually.
May 15 - 6:05 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that while he'd prefer Kenley Jansen (foot) returning from the disabled list on Saturday, there's a chance the hard-throwing right-hander could be activated on Friday.

It may depend on how Thursday's game against the Rockies goes, as the Dodgers bullpen has been taxed recently and is dealing with a vast assortment of injuries. While Jansen won't close immediately upon his return, he should give a tremendous boost to the back-end of the Dodgers bullpen.
May 14 - 7:25 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Jansen will make one final rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday before rejoining the Dodgers' bullpen. The reliever has allowed three runs but boasts a 6/1 K/BB ratio over 4 1/3 rehab innings to this point. Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Jansen will not be immediately re-inserted into his closer role. However, it shouldn't take long.
May 11 - 7:00 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) recorded two strikeouts and allowed a single in his 2/3 of an inning of work in his minor league rehab assignment at High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

It's the second straight day that Jansen has worked, which was one of the final hurdles that he had to clear before rejoining the Dodgers bullpen. He's expected to be activated at some point during the week.
May 10 - 6:38 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) has had his scheduled back-to-back rehab outings pushed back to Saturday and Sunday.

Jansen was scheduled to throw back-to-back Wednesday and Thursday, but after throwing 25 pitches in Wednesday's appearance at High-A Rancho Cucamonga the Dodgers decided to play it safe. Jansen is getting closer to a return, with the back-to-back test one of the last he'll need to pass before activation. That activation could come as early as next week.
May 6 - 7:25 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that Kenley Jansen (foot) may not close games immediately upon his return in mid-May.

Mattingly was sure to note that Jansen would be the closer "at some point" just that he would be eased into action.vThe Dodgers bullpen has been fantastic even without Jansen, and that includes closing out games, so there's no need to immediately thrust him back into the ninth-inning gig.
May 1 - 7:47 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.

He threw another short bullpen session on Tuesday and then went through a simulated game. Jansen's rehab from surgery to remove a growth from his left foot has come along swimmingly and he is expected back in mid-May, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks along the way.
Apr 28 - 6:10 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) expects to throw at least two more bullpen session before being cleared to face hitters next week.

He could begin a rehab assignment at High-A Rancho Cucamonga by the end of next week and remains on track for a return in mind-May. "Basically, he’s going through spring training right now," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Jansen. "He’s on track for us. But he’s still a ways away."
Apr 22 - 10:23 AM

Kenley Jansen (foot) threw off a mound on Saturday.

It's the first time he's done that since having surgery on his left foot in mid-February. Assuming Jansen's rehab continues to be setback-free, he could be back in the big leagues by mid-May. At that point, veteran Joel Peralta will hand the closing duties back over to Jansen.
Apr 18 - 6:33 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) is set to begin throwing off a mound Saturday.

That's a good sign for the reliever, who is recovering from surgery on his left foot in February. If all goes well, Jansen should be back with the Dodgers in early-to-mid May.
Apr 15 - 7:09 PM

Kenley Jansen played catch Tuesday without a walking boot on his surgically-repaired left foot.

Some eyebrows were raised when Jansen was spotted in his walking boot Monday after previously having it removed, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly assured everyone that it's just part of the healing process. Jansen could be ready to throw off a mound in two weeks and is aiming to rejoin the big league bullpen in mid-May.
Apr 7 - 6:42 PM

Kenley Jansen (foot) walked onto the field during pre-game introductions Monday in a walking boot, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hasn't had a setback.

Jansen had the boot removed last week, so there were naturally some questions about it, but Mattingly said it was only precautionary. "That's part of the process for him," said Mattingly. "They have him in the boot still partially to rest, gradually building up the strength in the foot." Jansen has been throwing and working out without for boot for about a week now and remains on track to return around May 1. Chris Hatcher got the save in Monday's season opener and is the best bet as a fill-in option this month.
Source: True Blue LA
Apr 7 - 9:55 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Alberto Callaspo
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Alex Guerrero
2Justin Turner
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
3Chris Heisey
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Brett Anderson
4Mike Bolsinger
5Carlos Frias
6Brandon Beachy
7Brandon McCarthy
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9David Huff
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3Chris Hatcher
4J.P. Howell
5Brandon League
6Paco Rodriguez
7Yimi Garcia
8Adam Liberatore
9Juan Nicasio
10Pedro Baez
11Ian Thomas