Kenley Jansen RP LAD 4 days ago

Jansen (foot) will get his walking boot off Tuesday, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

He has been playing catch, and once his boot comes off, he may be able to start throwing bullpen sessions in the coming days/weeks. Jansen remains on track to miss the first three-to-five weeks of the regular season, but the fact that it is a foot injury and not an elbow or shoulder injury makes him a relatively safe investment on draft day.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 weeks ago

Jansen (foot) is no longer using crutches, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

The Dodgers' closer is now just wearing a walking boot for his surgically-repaired foot. He is believed to be on track to return in late-April/early-May, and ninth inning situation in his absence remains hazy. Two of the top replacement options, J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta, are also ailing, so at this point grabbing anyone from the Dodgers' bullpen other than Jansen is akin to taking a shot in the dark.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 1 month ago

Jansen (foot) was fitted with a walking boot on his surgically-repaired foot, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

Consider on or around May 1 for Jansen's return. The Dodgers will likely pick a temporary closer (or two) later next month.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 1 month ago

Jansen (foot) reported to camp Monday on crutches and says his foot cast will be replaced by a boot in five days, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

This is simply a bookkeeping note, as Jansen's timetable remains the same. He is expected to miss 7-to-11 weeks, which makes it difficult to properly value him at the moment for 2015. He would have been a top-five closer in drafts if he entered camp healthy, but owners should now be prepared for him to miss at least the first two series of 2015, and he may not return until May. A favorite to close for the Dodgers while Jansen is out has not emerged, and they could opt to go bullpen by committee with J.P. Howell, Joel Peralta and others figuring into the mix.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 1 month ago

Jansen had surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot Tuesday and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, MLB.com's Jon Weisman reports.If he were able to return at the midpoint of that estimate, he would rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen in the final week of April. Brandon League, J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta have more than 100 combined career saves, so the Dodgers are not without options at the back of the bullpen. There is also a chance that Francisco Rodriguez or Rafael Soriano could be brought in to handle the closing duties while Jansen is out. However, there is also the small chance that Jansen comes back in eight weeks and misses just six or seven games, in which case his value wouldn't take much of a hit. All told, Jansen should be downgraded from being one of the first five closers off the board in drafts while his status to start the season remains in significant doubt.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 2 months ago

Jansen and the Dodgers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.425 million contract Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.

While Jansen was not as dominant last season as he was the previous two seasons, he was still one of the top closers in the game in 2014 with 44 saves and 101 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. He is locked in as the Dodgers' closer for 2015.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 6 months ago

Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit before securing his 44th save of the year Tuesday.

Jansen continues to be one of the best closers in the game and is finishing up another stellar season. He now boasts a 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and dazzling 99:19 K:BB in 64.1 innings this year.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 7 months ago

Jansen allowed one hit en route to his 41st save of the season against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

That's two in a row now for Jansen, who blew a save last Wednesday against the Nationals. Jansen is still a top-tier closer, as his 41 saves trail only Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel and St. Louis's Trevor Rosenthal in the National League.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 7 months ago

Jansen grabbed his 40th save of the season on Friday facing the Diamondbacks as he pitched a perfect ninth inning.

It only took Jansen (3.14 ERA) seven pitches to end the game, which was a very nice follow-up to his disastrous outing on Wednesday where he gave up three earned runs on four hits in a blown save against the Nationals. Even with the hiccup on Wednesday, Jansen remains one of the better closers in the game.

Kenley Jansen RP LAD 7 months ago

Jansen gave up three runs on four hits in a blown save against the Nationals on Wednesday.

The blown save was Jansen's fifth of the season, and the outing Wednesday marked only the second time since July 30 that he's allowed a run. Jansen should remain the Dodgers' ninth inning option throughout September and in the playoffs, as he's 39-for-44 in save opportunities this season.