Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen reports, says contracting coronavirus was why he was late

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “It’s serious,” he said. “Just wear your mask all the time if you can. Trust me, it happens so fast. I mean, once my son got it, I see how fast the virus spreads. We tried to do everything, but we all got it in the house.”Jansen said that “luckily” he and his family are all in good shape, “so it didn’t hit us as hard.”Jansen in 2018 underwent a second procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. That made this episode a bit more unnerving than it might have been.“I mean, it was definitely scary and a definite disappointment,” Jansen said. “When my son had it, it was more disappointment of, ‘Why my son has it? Why not me?’ … And next thing you know, we all got it.”Manager Dave Roberts is just pleased that Jansen is OK, especially considering his medical history.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on Sunday reported to summer camp nine days later than it started, and then let reporters know the delay was because he and his wife and three children had contracted the coronavirus.Jansen said there were symptoms, but none too severe and that everyone is now well. He said his son Kaden first tested positive after running a fever in the middle of the night, and then the rest of the family was confirmed to have it, although Jansen’s first test turned up negative.“I was feeling better on day 4 already when I had it almost three weeks ago now,” Jansen said Sunday afternoon, via Zoom news conference.Jansen said he thought he did everything he could to avoid coronavirus, and still isn’t sure how his son may have caught it. Jansen also had some words of wisdom for fans. “Well, I think with anything, you can hear things — whatever it might be — but when one of your own is infected by something, certainly it hits home more,” Roberts said. “And Kenley, obviously, with what he went through, that’s a story itself. It just makes us even more conscious and we relate to it a lot more.”He’ll be readyJansen, 32, said that although he had to lay low for a couple of weeks while he recuperated, he had been keeping himself in throwing shape after spring training was shut down in March because of COVID-19.“With all the down time we’ve had, I never stopped working out,” said Jansen, who expects to be ready for the season-opener July 23 against the Giants. “I’ve been working out for like three months now.”Roberts is not worried because of what Jansen has been doing.“I think that Kenley has been throwing — he’s been throwing ‘pens and he’s going to throw another one,” Roberts said. “So I think that for us, Kenley’s going to probably have four appearances before the season starts and for me, where he’s at, it’s just a mind-set where you’ve gotta kind of look at this as your last four appearances in a regular spring training.“And the mind-set for Kenley for me, it’s not flip a switch after those four outings when we get to the season. I know he understands that, so again, everyone is different but I think where Kenley is at, the four will be plenty for him to be ready opening day.”Joc Pederson’s improvementOutfielder Joc Pederson in 2019 had his best season in most offensive categories. He batted .249 with slugging and OPS percentages at .538 and .876 — all career bests. His power numbers of 36 home runs and 74 RBIs were also tops for him.Roberts believe there is still more upside.“I would take those numbers right now,” Roberts said. “But I think that for Joc, he’s just continuing to get better and understanding … I think last year was the first time he’s been really consistent with his mechanics.”Roberts also referred to Pederson, 28, as a “threat” any time he enters the batter’s box, and that in 2019 he showed more trust in the game plans doled out by hitting coaches.“The sky’s the limit,” Roberts said. “Joc is as good as he wants to be.”Pederson’s on-base percentage in 2019 was .339, with a best of .352 in 2016.This and thatInfielder Gavin Lux, who did not report until this past Friday, was scheduled to play in Sunday’s intrasquad game, Roberts said. … Roberts said pitchers Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander, catcher Keibert Ruiz and outfielder A.J. Pollock are still not in camp, although Roberts said he did speak to Baez on Saturday, that Baez was in “good spirits” and that he expects him back “sometime soon.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more