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Dodgers Lose Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen Could Miss 8-12 Weeks

Kenley Jansen Could Miss 8-12 Weeks

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without closer Kenley Jansen until May.  The big hard-throwing righty had surgery on his foot after experiencing some discomfort after running.  The Dodgers public relations team released a statement regarding the injury and the potential timeline for recovery:

“This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. This was discovered when Kenley reported discomfort while running last week. A subsequent X-Ray, MRI and CT scan showed the problem in the 5th metatarsal of his left foot. The surgery was performed by Drs. Earl Brien and David Thordarson under the direction of Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Jansen will be on crutches for about 10 days and then a boot for 3-4 weeks. How he progresses during the rehab process will determine his return to competition, but it is expected to be approximately 8-12 weeks.”

Even though he may only miss a small portion of the beginning of the 2015 season, Jansen’s absence could potentially be devastating to a team many predicted to make a possible run to the World Series.  With the National League West becoming just a bit tougher, the Dodgers can’t afford to let any opportunities for wins slip away.  There are still relief pitcher on the market, but huge financial commitments may be out of the question while waiting for Jansen to return.

2014 was a breakout season for Jansen as he recorded 44 saves, in 65.1 innings of work, while striking out 101.  So far in his five years in the major leagues, Jansen has a record of 14-10 with a career ERA of 2.25, 106 saves, and 448 strikeouts in 287.2 innings.  He was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2004 and made his major league debut in 2010.

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