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Jansen, Profar think WBC will help them

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

PEORIA, Ariz. -- At first, the Dodgers didn't want Kenley Jansen to pitch in the World Baseball Classic.

"They wanted to be sure I was ready, because I didn't do much over the winter," said Jansen, who had a procedure done in October to address an irregular heartbeat.

Then the Netherlands team advanced to the championship round, and a spot opened up for Jansen to join the team for Monday night's semifinal in San Francisco. This time, the Dodgers said yes.

"They're OK with it, and they think it will be pretty good for me," Jansen said, as he watched his new teammates work out before an exhibition game against the Padres.

Jansen and Jurrickson Profar were both late additions to the Dutch team. Profar had remained in camp with the Rangers, hoping it would give him a better chance to make the team out of spring training.

When the Dutch team advanced, Profar agreed to join.

"I know it's going to help me," Profar said.

Dutch manager Hensley Meulens said Profar will play second base. Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles, who had been playing second, will shift to third base, with Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox now coming off the bench.

 
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