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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Takes the Day Off to Work on Issues With Mechanics

No Jansen on Friday as he works on a few things.



Dodgers fans were pleasantly surprised to see how far ahead Kenley Jansen is. In his one Spring Training appearance, he was just one strike away from pitching an immaculate inning. In the first week of games, this seems like the first time in a long time that Kenley is domination early. 

But on Friday, we learned that Jansen had some mechanical things that he was working on. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed in his pregame press conference that Jansen felt off during his live batting practice the day before. 

Apparently, Jansen plunked Zach Reks in the elbow and felt like he needed to work on things before getting back into a game. 

He’s not throwing today. I think yesterday, he was a little bit different in his delivery than he was in the game. He threw a live BP yesterday, so in the game, I thought was better than yesterday. So he’s trying to work out some things in the delivery. 

The good news is that the Dodgers coaching staff doesn’t seem too concerned about it. Roberts went on to say that Jansen has had minor mechanical issues in the past that he has been able to correct. This time shouldn’t be any different. 

I think he was just a little bit out of sync. And obviously with Kenley, a big body guy it happens. But he feels good. 

The Dodgers are set to kick off the year with Kenley Jansen as their closer. Roberts has said it on several occasions, including in his first press conference of the season. In the final year of his contract, it’s a big year for Jansen. 

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He has plenty of time to get right for the year though, and there is no reason to panic…yet. The Dodgers start their season in Colorado on April 1st in a 4-game series. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Fore the life of me I can’t see why the Dodgers didn’t trade Jansen. His fast ball doesn’t have the bite and he’s a clubhouse crybaby.

    • Because he makes 20M this year and no one would assume the contract. For the record, I think he’ll be useful this season and they just won’t use him come playoffs.

  2. He should be on a very short leash. And never, ever pitch in consecutive games as he has shown he can’t do that any mkre.

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