LOS ANGELES >> Kenley Jansen steadily finds himself in precarious positions.
“My job is dangerous,” he stated. “Both I’m going to blow it or I’m going to get the save.”
The understanding smile that accompanied Jansen’s assertion made it clear the Dodgers nearer didn’t assume he had blown it by calling out Dodgers followers for failing to elect a starter to the Nationwide League All-Star staff. Any backlash from his feedback Sunday has left him unfazed.
Jansen stated he didn’t remorse saying it was “Dodgers’ followers’ fault” that Corey Seager and Justin Turner weren’t voted in as starters for subsequent week’s All-Star Sport and disagreed with any interpretation that he was ripping Dodgers’ followers.
“I like the followers,” he stated. “I by no means rip the followers. I do know we now have one of the best followers in baseball. That’s one of many causes I got here again (after reaching free company final winter).”
Jansen praised the Dodgers for “main baseball in attendance yearly” and “promoting three million tickets earlier than the season even begins – virtually as if these have been speaking factors recommended by Dodgers PR. Jansen additionally identified that he had included himself when he stated Sunday “We must always have voted” sufficient to elect an All-Star starter and stated he was being “a messenger” for teammates who have been upset on behalf of Turner and Seager.
“I’m going to face up for my teammates,” he stated. “That’s why I stated what I stated.”
Jansen acknowledged that he’s “conscious” many followers are unable to see most Dodgers video games on TV due to the on-going stalemate with cable distributors (now in its fourth yr), an element that might maintain down vote totals for Dodgers gamers. However he identified followers are discovering a approach to vote now – Turner was the early NL chief within the ‘Ultimate Vote’ on-line competitors for a spot on the All-Star roster. The Dodgers have waged a robust marketing campaign by means of social media and the staff’s TV and radio broadcasts to fire up help for Turner within the competitors which runs by means of Thursday. Even Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts joked that he spent the off day Monday “on his sofa, voting for JT.”
As for Jansen blaming the followers Sunday, Roberts stated he noticed it as Jansen being a staff chief and displaying his help for his teammates.
“He’s passionate,” Roberts stated. “Nobody loves the Dodgers greater than Kenley does. He cares.
“He got here again to pitch for the Dodgers, to pitch for these followers. Something that’s stated must be taken understanding the man’s coronary heart.”
Just like the X-rays final week, a bone scan of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left foot Monday confirmed there was no fracture attributable to Andrelton Simmons’ line drive throughout Ryu’s begin final Wednesday in Anaheim. However “there’s some ache in there,” in line with Roberts, so Ryu was positioned on the DL Tuesday and right-hander Ross Stripling was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis.
“Hyun-Jin is within the clear however he’s nonetheless sore,” Roberts stated of the outcomes. “I don’t know what day he’ll come again to begin. Clearly it’ll be within the second half however the place we’ll slot him in, we don’t know but.
“We simply need him to be ok with his foot, get again on a mound and get in a sim sport in some unspecified time in the future. Then we’ll go from there.”
With Ryu out till after the All-Star break, right-hander Kenta Maeda stays within the rotation regardless of one other poor begin Sunday in San Diego (5 runs in three 2/three innings). Maeda will begin Friday in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals.
Roberts stated right-hander Brandon McCarthy will come off the DL and begin Saturday in opposition to the Royals.
On the DL with tendinitis in his proper knee, McCarthy threw 4 innings in a simulated-game setting to hitters at Rancho Cucamonga on Monday.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir is scheduled to proceed his rehab project with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and make a 3rd begin for the Quakes on Friday.
Clay Bellinger, father of Dodgers rookie Cody, threw a spherical of batting apply to the Dodgers earlier than Tuesday’s sport. Cody has accepted an invite to take part within the Residence Run Derby subsequent week in Miami and his father (a former big-league infielder) will pitch to him.