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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Talks Kenley Jansen Status and Time Crunch

The big man is still missing from action.



The second longest tenured Dodger is a no-show so far at summer camp for Los Angeles. In fact, it’s been something of a mystery as to why Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is absent. The club won’t tell us what’s wrong with any of the now six or so players missing from camp.

Par for the course.

Still, manager Dave Roberts doesn’t appear to be very worried about his long-time closer, at least at the moment. Moreover, Doc talked about Kenley and what he’s hearing from the big man.

I talked to Kenley today and he’s in really good spirits, feeling good, so we expect to see him soon. He’s been moving around and so I think that he’ll be ready.

Reading into that statement, you start to worry more about the healthy of Kenley Jansen. LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke believes Jansen’s absence is “likely medical,” so we’ll go ahead and put the onus of assumption on him.

Swingman Tony Gonsolin was another pitcher who missed the first almost week of summer camp activities, but he arrived at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. With less than two weeks until opening day, pitchers like Gonsolin and Jansen are definitely putting themselves behind the clock to be up to speed for major league hitters.

Something Dave Roberts agrees with. Still, he remains optimistic.

Obviously every day off the calendar certainly makes it a little bit more difficult, but I’m still confident that we have enough time for each one of those individuals.

While the Dodgers are always deep with capable arms, the potential opening day roster on the pitching side is starting to feel a little stretched thin, particularly in the backend of the bullpen. Thankfully, however, the club still possesses the ability to get creative in a pinch by mixing and matching a “closer by committee,” if needed. Something that might potentially be best for the club.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Hey Clint, Could you do a little article everyday updating the games? Who pitched, whose hitting etc. At this point many of us have no access to game info.
    Thanks

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