Kenley Jansen is one of the best closers of this generation, if not the best. The 2017 season didn't end as he'd hoped -- Jansen allowed runs in three consecutive appearances and blew a save in the World Series -- but the right-hander was absolutely dominant throughout most of the year. He posted a 1.31 FIP (best among all pitchers with at least 50 innings) and 39.5 K-BB percentage while going 41-for-42 in save chances during the regular season. The walk rate was the lowest of his career and his swinging-strike rate was his highest mark ever, so while it seems impossible for him to get any better, the skills are elite and there aren't even any yellow flags entering his age-30 season. The team context solidifies Jansen as the top closer option on the board.
Jansen (hamstring) struck out one batter in a scoreless inning of work Thursday against the Royals. Jansen appears to be over the hamstring issue that forced him to miss his previously scheduled appearance. Assuming he feels no ill effects Friday, the star closer will continue to ramp up his activity as he gears up for Opening Day. Jansen once again projects to be the top closer option this season after converting 41 of 42 save chances while posting a 1.32 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 109:7 K:BB across 68.1 innings in 2017.
Jansen (hamstring) will pitch in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Royals, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Jansen said his hamstring felt fine during Monday's minor-league contest, clearing the way for him to return to Cactus League action. The issue was never thought to be anything overly serious, and barring any setbacks throughout the remainder of camp, Jansen should be good to go for the start of the season.
Jansen was scratched from Friday's scheduled appearance due to hamstring tightness. He is expected to take the mound for a minor-league game Monday, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports. Jansen was tabbed to pitch an inning during Friday's contest following a bout with a nasty illness that worked its way through the Dodger's clubhouse, but now it's evident that the right-hander failed to appear because of a tweaked hamstring that he suffered during warmups. On a positive note, the team didn't believe it was serious enough to warrant an MRI. If all goes well during Monday's outing, expect him back on the mound in a Cactus League contest by the end of next week.
Jansen (illness) will not take the mound during Friday's spring game as previously scheduled, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. The Dodgers didn't specify why Jansen wouldn't take the mound but it likely has something to do with an illness that he continues to recover from. Barring an unexpected injury of some sort, there shouldn't be much concern for Jansen's availability moving forward as he's likely to pitch in the coming days.
Jansen (illness) will return to Cactus League play Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. This was the target date back when Jansen went down with the bug that infiltrated Dodgers camp earlier in the month, but this confirms he's ready to go for it. The star reliever will have missed eight days of action, but will once again be back in a position to act as one of the top relievers in all of baseball barring any extraneous circumstances.