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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 (foot) is off crutches and was scheduled to begin playing catch Tuesday.
Jansen is still in a walking boot, but he's making encouraging progress from surgery in mid-February to remove a growth from his left foot. He's expected to miss the first month of the season and the Dodgers could go with a committee approach at closer in his absence. Mar 17 - 2:15 PM

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Kenley Jansen has been fitted with a walking boot on his surgically-repaired left foot.

He'll be able to put some weight on the foot now after walking on crutches the last 10 days. Jansen will wear the walking boot for 3-4 weeks before being allowed to resume activity. He's likely to miss the first month of the season.
Feb 27 - 10:20 AM

Kenley Jansen will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks after having surgery Tuesday to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot.

Jansen reported discomfort while running last week and a subsequent MRI and CT scan revealed the growth in the fifth metatarsal of his foot. He'll be on crutches for 10 days and then a walking boot for 3-4 weeks before being allowed to resume activity. With an 8-12 week timetable, Jansen would figure to miss at least the first month of the season. It would be surprising if the Dodgers didn't now go out and sign either Francisco Rodriguez or Rafael Soriano to handle the ninth inning until Jansen is ready. In the unlikely event that they stay in-house for their interim closer, Joel Peralta would probably be the favorite for saves. Former ninth inning man Brandon League is also a possibility.
Feb 17 - 9:14 PM

Dodgers and RHP Kenley Jansen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.425 million contract.

It's quite a payday for Jansen in what was his second year of arbitration eligibility. While he dealt with bouts of inconsistency in 2014, Jansen ultimately posted a 2.76 ERA with 44 saves and should again be one of the best closers in the game in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:40 PM

Kenley Jansen worked into and out of trouble against the Cubs Sunday, escaping to earn his 43rd save of the season.

It started off poorly for Jansen, as a walk and a double put two runners in scoring position with no outs and the heart of the Cubs' order up. He recovered to strike out Javier Baez, get Anthony Rizzo to ground out and ended by striking out Luis Valbuena. They all count the same, and Jansen now has 43 saves and a 2.89 ERA on the year.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 07:44:00 PM

Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth inning, earning the save in the Dodgers' win over the Giants.

Jansen fanned two in the scoreless inning of work. The right-hander has tossed four shutout innings since a blown save on September 3, giving him 42 saves on the year. Jansen owns a 2.98 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 93/17 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings of work.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 09:33:00 PM

Kenley Jansen picked up his 41st save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-2 win over Arizona.

Jansen allowed a one-out double to Nolan Reimold but retired the next two batters he faced to close out the victory for Los Angeles. Jansen has struggled at time this season but he owns a cool 3.09 overall ERA and 1.17 overall WHIP with a dominant 90/16 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. He is fifth in the majors in saves.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:25:00 AM

Kenley Jansen bounced back from Wednesday's meltdown to pitch a perfect ninth in a one-run win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Jansen needed just seven pitches to notch his 40th save in 45 chances. He gave up three runs to blow a save against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 01:09:00 AM

Kenley Jansen had a huge meltdown against the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in a blown save.

Jansen was called on to protect a three-run lead. He promptly gave up a Bryce Harper single and a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche. Four batters later, the Nats had manufactured another run before Jansen could escape the inning without further damage. The blown save was his fifth of the season and first since July 30. Jansen has a 3.20 ERA following the big inning.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 08:48:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 01:32:00 AM

Kenley Jansen made short work of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, getting his 38th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory.

In 10 outings this month, Jansen has allowed only one run and struck out 19 in 10 1/3 innings. The right-hander had an ugly 4.55 ERA on June 20, but has given up only two runs since that date. He's 38-for-42 in save conversions to go with a 2.82 ERA.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 01:07:00 AM

Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 01:01:00 AM

Kenley Jansen got a four-out save against the Braves on Thursday, with all of his outs coming via the K.

Jansen's velocity was down in this one and he gave up three hits, but he got the job done in the end. His velocity has fluctuated quite a bit this year anyway, so we wouldn't worry overly much.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Kenley Jansen made short work of the Braves in the ninth inning, getting his 33rd save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' win on Tuesday.

Jansen has turned the corner after seeing his ERA rise up to 4.55 after a poor outing on June 20. Since then, he has allowed a run in only one of 19 outings. The right-hander punched out the last two Braves he saw on Tuesday, raising his K/BB ratio to 77/13 on the season. He also has a 2.94 ERA and has gotten the save in 33 of 37 opportunities.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Kenley Jansen racked up his 30th save of the season in style on Sunday, fanning all three Dodgers hitters that he faced.

The flame-throwing right-hander has made good on 30 of his 33 save chances on the season while compiling a 3.24 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 66/12 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 outings and remains one of the finest stoppers in the game today.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
3Kyle Jensen
4Matt Carson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Juan Nicasio
7Erik Bedard
8Chris Anderson
9Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Dustin McGowan
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Sergio Santos
11Chris Withrow
12Mike Adams
13Chad Gaudin
14David Huff