Paco Rodriguez is back in blue. Rodriguez was recalled from the Albuquerque Isotopes this week. He was optioned to Triple-A after the first eight games with the Dodgers when Brian Wilson came back from the 15-day DL. With the Isotopes, Paco pitched three scoreless innings in three appearances, with two hits allowed, two strikeouts and one save. Paco now adds a second left arm to the bullpen and can hopefully offer some late game reinforcement.
The Dodgers need all the help they can get. In just 26 games, the bullpen leads the league in losses. Kenley Jansen has appeared in 16 games and is set to reach 100 games this year, a step up from last year’s 75. A few of his appearances this year have been saves and Jansen doesn’t seem to mind the heavy workload early in the season.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Jansen said, “Donnie and Honeycutt, they always have my back, so I’m not worried at all. They’ve been doing a good job. I appreciate how they’ve been taking care of me.” The stakes for Jansen will be much higher towards the end of the season, but for now, he’s not worried. To preserve his arm though, the team will need the starters to throw deeper into games and offensively score more runs.
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