Last September, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen didn’t travel with the team to Coors Field in Colorado. Then in the offseason, Jansen had a successful heart procedure to fix the problem that occurred when he was in the Mile High State.
Now, Jansen is with the team in Colorado for the Dodgers’ first road series of 2019. On Friday, Dave Roberts detailed to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register how Jansen will be used currently while at the original scene of the crime.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts on how he will use Kenley Jansen in return to altitude that set off his a-fib last year: "We feel that the heart thing, we've got it at bay with the surgery. So right now I'm just approaching it as he's our closer and when the time comes we'll use him."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 5, 2019
Equally important – it sounds like the Dodgers closer is a ‘full go’ in Colorado.
“We feel that the heart thing, we have it at bay with the surgery. So right now I’m just approaching it as he’s our closer and when the time comes we will use him.”
Alright, simple as that. If things don’t get too whacky, and the Dodgers need Jansen in a tight spot; you’ll see him. On Friday the Dodgers won the game by enough runs that Jansen wasn’t needed. However, he was getting loose in the bullpen when the game ended.
This is a good sign – Jansen will need to pitch at Coors Field many more times before his career ends. The Dodgers need an answer at closer at a venue they will travel to several times this year and beyond.
Thus far, Jansen hasn’t been scored upon in four appearances with three saves in the 2019 season.
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