Kenley Jansen blew a 2 run save on Tuesday night against the Phillies, giving up three earned runs in the bottom of the ninth after a Matt Beaty pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the inning.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 17, 2019
He got the first out of the inning, but in the process took an Adam Haseley line drive off his right ankle that ricocheted over to David Freese at first base.
Dave Roberts and one of the #Dodgers trainers just visited Kenley Jansen on the mound.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 17, 2019
After a double and two singles, Jansen was seen limping on the field while covering home on an RBI hit by Scott Kingery.
His velocity looked pretty normal after the fact, but he did surrender the game following the injury on a Bryce Harper double (that quite possibly could have limited the score if Alex Verdugo was out in center).
Jansen had posted a 3.05 ERA coming into Tuesday’s game, but that has inflated by nearly a half run. Although he is not the Jansen of old, he is still a very solid reliever.
After the game he was seen “limping heavily” around the clubhouse. He spoke on the injury and situation.
Kenley Jansen said he couldn’t push off the mound after taking the comebacker off his right ankle. He said it went numb. His command and velocity suffered, but he wanted to stay in. He said he regrets that.
“I should’ve come out of the game.”
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 17, 2019
I’m not an excuses guy, but I should have come out of the game.
Moreover, he said that his right ankle went numb after the line drive.
While his ankle is reportedly pretty bruised, let’s hope that he is able to shake it off for the next time his number is called upon. But there will come a time when he needs to be honest with the team and himself when he’s unable to physically perform his job, within reason.