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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kenley Jansen continues to struggle in return to Dodgers

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen continues to struggle since returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

Jansen blew a save against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night to continue a run of poor appearances. He allowed a home run to Austin Hedges with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning that tied the game at four.

That marked his fourth home run allowed in his last three appearances.

In his first game since being activated from the DL, Jansen entered a tie game in the top of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. He allowed home runs to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter and took the loss in a 5-3 defeat.

Then on Wednesday, Jansen entered a 1-1 game in the top of the ninth against the Cardinals. He allowed a 2-run home run to Paul DeJong and took another loss to drop to 0-5 on the season.

Jansen was hospitalized on Aug. 9 with an irregular heartbeat and was expected to be out a month, but he returned much quicker than that. He clearly is not yet back to his usual form. His struggles are also a microcosm of the bullpen issues that have plagued the Dodgers all season.



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