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74 Kenley Jansen RP

Los Angeles Dodgers

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August 6, 2020 10:24 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Not yet 100 percent
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Jansen feels that his conditioning has not yet fully returned following his bout with COVID-19, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Jansen missed the start of summer camp as he recovered from the virus, but he was able to return in time to lock down the Dodgers' closer role by the start of the regular season. The veteran indicated that he expects to add strength as the campaign progresses, though his stated lack of conditioning has not affected his performance in the early going. Through six outings, Jansen is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities while allowing only one earned run and compiling a 6:3 K:BB over six innings.

August 6, 2020 06:36 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Earns fourth save
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Jansen earned his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Padres. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk while fanning one in one inning.

Jansen worked the ninth and gave up an RBI single to Tommy Pham, who scored Fernando Tatis, but he got the job done after inducing Manny Machado into a game-ending double play. It was the first time Jansen allowed a run this season, but he remains 4-for-4 in save opportunities.

August 5, 2020 01:00 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Locks down third save
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Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn the save in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Padres.

Jansen retired Tommy Pham, Jake Cronenworth and Abraham Almonte in order in the ninth to earn his third save of the season. He's yet to give up a run in 2020, allowing just one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings this season. The 32-year-old has a firm grasp on the Dodgers' closer gig.

August 2, 2020 07:44 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Earns second save
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Jansen struck out two batters and hit another in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, earning a save in the win over Arizona.

After Jansen plunked Starling Marte to lead off the inning, he settled in to retire the next three batters in order. For the season, the 32-year-old has recorded four shutout innings with just one hit allowed.

July 29, 2020 06:32 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Picks up first save
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Jansen gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Astros.

After a clean first outing of the year in a non-save situation, Jansen was back in his familiar role and got the job done, albeit not exactly in dominant fashion. He gave up a one-out double to Carlos Correa and failed to produce a strikeout. The 32-year-old's performance has been on the decline for a couple years now, but as long as Jansen sees consistent work in the ninth, he'll still have plenty of fantasy value.

July 27, 2020 02:32 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Debuts in non-save situation
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Jansen struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning against the Giants on Sunday.

Manager Dave Roberts had Jansen get some work in late with the Dodgers losing 3-1 after his closer did not pitch in any of the team's first three games. Jansen's first cutter was clocked at just 88.6 mph, but he quickly dialed it up to 90-91 mph. The save chances will come and Jansen would have to squander several of those in a row to lose the job.

July 16, 2020 02:48 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Sharp in return to action
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Jansen needed only eight pitches to retire four batters in an intrasquad game Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

In Jansen's first intrasquad appearance since joining the team at camp Sunday as he returned from COVID-19, the right-hander made swift work of four teammates, including a pair of league MVPs (Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger). Jansen picked up one strikeout in the efficient appearance, punching out Corey Seager on three pitches. Despite his late start to camp, Jansen should be ready to close games by Opening Day.

July 13, 2020 10:48 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Slated for four exhibition outings
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Jansen is expected to make four appearances on the mound before Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Jansen did not report to camp until Sunday and disclosed that his absence was a result of testing positive for COVID-19, but the team nonetheless appears eager to get him geared up for the start of the regular season. Though Opening Day is only 10 days away, four exhibition appearances could be enough for Jansen to feel comfortable assuming his regular closer duties from the start of the campaign.

July 13, 2020 02:08 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Reports to camp
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Jansen (undisclosed) reported to the Dodgers' camp Sunday, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports.

Jansen missed the first several days of camp, but he rejoined the team Sunday. The closer revealed that his absence was because he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, but he's now feeling better. Jansen said Sunday that he expects to be ready for Opening Day, though he'll have less than two weeks to get ready. Manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that the team hasn't considered who might fill in for Jansen if he's unavailable for the beginning of the season. The Dodgers are scheduled to open the season July 23 against the Giants.

July 10, 2020 01:44 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Expected back soon
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Manager Dave Roberts said he expects to see Jansen (undisclosed) back at camp soon, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Jansen has yet to report to the Dodgers' camp for undisclosed reasons, though it sounds like he might be nearing a return. That said, his status for Opening Day remains unclear as Roberts also mentioned to David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports that the team has given thought to who might fill in as closer if Jansen doesn't return in time to be ready for the start of the season.

July 6, 2020 02:12 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Absent from camp
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Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Jansen hasn't reported to the Dodgers' camp yet, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Roberts stated he isn't able to discuss why Jansen has yet to report to camp but said that he hopes to see him soon. It's unclear when the closer may report to camp or whether his absence will affect his availability for the start of the regular season. Jansen implied in late June that he didn't intend to opt out despite being considered a "high-risk" player.

June 24, 2020 07:16 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Implies he will not opt out
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Jansen strongly indicated on 710 ESPN Los Angeles that he will not opt out of the 2020 season, Ramona Shelburne of reports. "I don't want to live my life in fear of something," Jansen said. "I'm going to be cautious, make sure I wash my hands, if I'm in a clubhouse, just keep my distance. But health-wise I think I'm fine, I feel great, thank God."

Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, players considered "high risk" can opt out of the season and still receive their full pro-rated pay. Jansen underwent a procedure in November of 2018 to fix an irregular heartbeat, so he would be considered "high risk" for an MLB player, but it sounds like he fully intends to return to his role as endgamer for the Dodgers in 2020.

May 21, 2020 02:28 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Staying ready during hiatus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jansen has been working out "every day" and throwing occasional bullpens in anticipation of a resumption of play, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.

Jansen's bullpen sessions have been far from traditional -- he explained that they have taken place on the street in front of his home -- but he has nonetheless been able to maintain a consistent workout schedule despite a lack of access to team facilities. If a 2020 season is able to be played, Jansen will once again function as the Dodgers' closer and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2019 campaign in which he suffered a career-worst eight blown saves.

March 2, 2020 12:16 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Dominating in Cactus League play
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Jansen has retired all nine batters he has faced this spring, six by strikeout.

Per Michael J. Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, Jansen is throwing less cutters this spring while relying more on his two-seam fastball and slider. There have also been reports of Jansen throwing with increased velocity in the early going. All of this bodes well for a bounceback campaign from the veteran closer, who posted a career-worst 3.71 ERA last season.

February 23, 2020 10:44 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Good velocity early on
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jansen sat between 92 and 93 mph in his first spring outing Sunday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

The information was relayed by manager Dave Roberts, who added that was well above the 85 to 87 mph velocity Jansen showed in his first outing last season. As for results, Jansen completed one inning against the Cubs, whiffing two batters while not allowing a baserunner.

February 22, 2020 03:16 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Experimenting with slider grips
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Jansen has been working with a number of former pitchers on new slider grips, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Per Plunkett, Jansen felt particularly comfortable with one new grip shown to him by Rick Honeycutt and Orel Hershiser. Though Jansen's primary pitch is a cutter, he went to the slider 12.3 percent of the time last season, more than doubling his 2018 mark. The veteran closer could look to mix things up more in 2020 after accumulating a career-worst eight blown saves last season.

February 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Working on mechanical adjustments
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jansen has adjusted his delivery in an attempt to refine his cutter, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Jansen consulted with Driveline Baseball in Washington during the offseason to pinpoint adjustments that, according to the veteran reliever, have given his cutter more "rising life." The 32-year-old relies heavily on the pitch, throwing it 74.3 percent of the time in 2019 -- though opponents hit .232 against the offering, Jansen's worst mark since 2014. While Jansen remains a steady source of saves, his ERA dropped to a career-worst 3.71 last season.

October 31, 2019 05:56 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Won't opt out of contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jansen is not expected to opt out of the two years and $38 million remaining on his contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The 32-year-old was less sharp in 2019 than he had been in the past, posting a 3.71 ERA with 33 saves, which was a six-year low. Despite his regression, Jansen should remain the closer for the Dodgers, at least to begin next season.

October 14, 2019 07:52 PM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Expected to keep closer job
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Jansen is expected to keep the Dodgers' closer job next season, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman did say, "We'll see how things play out," at a press conference Monday, indicating that the Dodgers could pursue alternative plans, but it sounds as though the 32-year-old is expected to keep his job. Jansen saved 33 games this season but wasn't quite in vintage form, posting a career-worst 3.71 ERA. His 30.4 percent strikeout rate and 6.1 percent walk rate were each very good numbers but came in a clear tier below his 42.3 percent strikeout rate and 2.7 percent walk rate from his incredible 2017 season.

September 29, 2019 02:08 AM
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Strikes out the side in save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jansen allowed one hit but struck out the side during the ninth to earn his 33rd save of the season in a 2-0 victory against the Giants.

The 31-year-old wasn't as dominant as usual this year, which is really indicated across all of his numbers, but he did post at least 33 saves for the sixth straight season. Barring an appearance in the season finale, Jansen will finish 2019 with a 5-3 record, 33 saves, eight blown opportunities, 3.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 63 innings.

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