Dodgers Promote Relief Pitcher Kenley Jansen
In a move to help bolster the bullpen, the Dodger promoted right-handed pitcher Kenley Jansen from Double-A Chattanooga and designated right-handed pitcher Justin Miller for assignment. “He’s been on the radar screen for a while,” manager Joe Torre said. “His makeup is the reason he’s here right now. The stuff is part of it. The makeup is a big part of why you’re going to take this step with him now.”
As for his stuff, Torre has taken notice is Jansen’s fastball.
“I’d say in the upper-95 plus,” Torre said about the velocity of Jansen’s fastball. “His stuff is pretty impressive. He’s still trying to make his off-pitches better, but his fastball is pretty impressive.”
Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher during the 2009 season and was added to the 40-man roster on November 18, 2009.
“This is something he has aspired to be,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “He was open to instruction from the very beginning. We had to put him on the roster and take a chance on his arm.”
Jansen will be used in a variety of roles from the bullpen.
“He’s been a closer,” Torre said. “I’m not saying that is what’s going to happen here. We’ll use him in the latter part of the game.”