Kenley Jansen takes grounders at third after Justin Turner’s injury
Kenley Jansen may be trying to show Shohei Ohtani just how it is done.
The Athletic’s Pedro Moura reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers closer was taking grounders at third (along with utilityman Logan Forsythe) in the wake of the broken left wrist suffered by third baseman Justin Turner. The All-Star Turner was injured on a hit-by-pitch in Cactus League play.
The 30-year-old Jansen, who led the league with 41 saves in 42 opportunities in 2017, actually began his career as a catcher before converting to the mound. While it seems pretty likely that he was just messing around during practice on Tuesday, Jansen did say in an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera last year that he played several positions in the field as a youth, including third base.
Regardless though of whether or not the borderline-absurd proposition of Jansen seeing time at the hot corner for the Dodgers this year actually comes to fruition, he will still have a long way to go before catching Andrew Romine.