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Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Arrives at Summer Camp, Delayed by Positive COVID Test



Dodgers fans have been collectively holding their breath for the last couple of days waiting on their closer to arrive. After not reporting to camp on the designated July 1st date, it was unclear when he was going to show up.

Kenley arrived on Sunday afternoon and met with Dodgers’ media to discuss his absence. Kenley revealed on his own accord that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Kenley also revealed that it did not show up until the second time he took the test, and did show symptoms. 

The Dodgers’ closer also revealed that his kids did also experience symptoms of the virus. Kenley clarified that despite all of that, he did not consider opting out of the 2020 season, even with a heart condition. 

No I never had that consideration. I always wanted to play, I love this game I want to do it for the fans. I know we’re all going through a tough time right now in this world together. And I think this is a good thing for not only Dodgers fans but for baseball fans around the world. 

Kenley was not previously set to meet with the media today, and the team did not announce it until five minutes before the scheduled media huddle. He did also discuss the fear over his family catching the virus and being upset that his children, unfortunately, contracted it. The Dodgers had not previously released any information on Kenley or the team.

Kenley said that he spent his time at his house in Los Angeles while everything was happening and staying quarantined. He worked with the training staff and medical team to closely follow the protocols to get cleared to come back and get back to work. Kenley does expect to be ready to go by Opening Day. 

Full Kenley Press Conference

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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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