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Kenley Jansen to pitch for Netherlands in WBC final

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

If the Netherlands moves on in WBC play, hard-throwing Kenley Jansen may join them. (Getty Images)

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Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen has been officially approved to join the Netherlands WBC team in time for the final round in San Francisco. He will pitch in Dodgers camp Friday and then join his WBC team for the championship round, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

The 25-year-old Curacao native is working his way back after being sidelined by a heart condition. "He's not missing anything and, actually, we think this will be good for him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "He'll get into competition and it will be a good scenario, as far as the competition and energy level, and the fact it will only be a couple of days."

Last season, Jansen pitched to a 2.35 ERA across 65 innings. For his career, he boasts a stellar strikeout percentage of 40.8, although he's prone to occasional control problems.

The upstart Netherlands has already secured a berth in the WBC semifinals. It will take on the winner of Pool 2 with a spot in the finals at stake. While the Netherlands has fared exceptionally well thus far in the 2013 WBC, it could certainly use a hard-throwing major-league arm like Jansen for the championship round.

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