Dodgers Quick Hits: Kenley Jansen, Julio Urias, Josh Fields
By Jacob Rudner
The Dodgers beat the Padres on Saturday night by a score of 5-4 in twelve innings. The victory marked the second in a row for the Dodgers after they were swept by the Cardinals at home. They are now 2.5 games out of first place in the West.
This season has not been one to remember for Kenley Jansen. Sure, he was an All-Star. And yes, he has pitched well by the standards of the league and in comparison to another pitcher’s number this year. But, by Kenley’s standards, his inconsistencies and unreliability have been well below par for a closer that is one of the best in the game. On Saturday, those struggles continued when Kenley gave up a home run in the ninth inning to Austin Hedges. In his last three appearances, Kenley has blown the save. So, many people have wonder what exactly is next with Jansen and whether or not he is fully healthy. According to Jansen himself, he is in good health but in need of a small break. And, according to his Manager, Dave Roberts, that is exactly what he’ll get. Jansen is expected to miss the next few days just to regroup but no DL stint is necessary.
was added to the 40-man roster on Saturday and was subsequently optioned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The 22-year old lefty is still progressing through his rehab but the Dodgers needed to add him to the 40-man roster in preparation for his September call-
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up. Dave Roberts shared with the media that he would indeed be called up when rosters expand but the exact date of the much-anticipated return is still unknown. For now, Urias will help the Quakes work towards their post-season goals.
- Ross Stripling is expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday as a member of the bullpen. Stripling has been out for the last ten days with a back injury. This season, Ross has been one of the Dodgers most effective pitchers and getting him back on the mound will be huge for a team that is really trying to squeeze their way back into the playoff picture. Stripling threw a simulated game on Saturday which went very well according to the 28-year old righty.