To little surprise, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a roster move Friday by activating closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list. To clear room for Jansen, Daniel Coulombe, who joined the club Thursday, was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jansen began the season on the DL as he recovered from a February surgery to remove a growth from his left foot. The 27 year old began a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga May 1 and threw a total of 5.1 innings over six appearances.
Jansen’s last outing with the Quakes came on Wednesday when he struck out two in one inning of work. He said prior to the Dodgers game Thursday he was mentally prepared to be reinstated, even if it came on Friday — a day earlier than manager Don Mattingly had initially planned.
Being that Jansen’s final rehab assignment was Wednesday, Mattingly said the club prefers to give players two days off before reinstating them, to be sure they’ve fully recovered. However, he also acknowledged how Thursday’s game played out could influence his decision.
Hours after Mattingly’s comments, Yimi Garcia blew a second consecutive save and third in four chances this season. Aside from Garcia’s recent stumbles and Chris Hatcher’s inconsistency, the Dodgers bullpen has been a bright spot this season. The Dodgers also lost Pedro Baez to the DL Thursday due to a strained right pectoral muscle.
Collectively, the group’s 2.24 ERA ranks fourth in all of baseball and their batting average against (.194) is fifth-best. Additionally, the bullpen’s 121 strikeouts leads the National League and trails only the New York Yankees for tops in the Majors.
Jansen appeared in 68 games last season and converted 44 of 49 save opportunities. He’s not expected to immediately assume his closer’s role.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly Discusses Plan For Kenley Jansen