Ex-66er Jansen makes big league debut; others go to Double-A

Kenley Jansen, who at the beginning of the 2010 season was still a project (albeit a promising one) as a converted catcher now a pitcher. Now, he’s a big leaguer. Jansen was recalled by the Dodgers from Double-A Chattanooga after Friday’s game. He had been 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 18 innings with the Sixers, then 4-0 with eight saves in eight attempts and a 1.67 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 27 innings at Chattanooga.

In his first game with the Dodgers on Saturday, he lived up to the hype. Facing the Mets in the seventh inning of a tie game, Jansen struck out Angel Pagan and David Wright and got Carlos Beltran to ground out. His fastest pitch was 97 miles per hour.

He’s an ex-Sixer who got the call, but the Sixers and Quakes have had a few moves in the last few days. Quake right-hander Jeremy Berg (1-0, 1.45) was sent to Double-A, as was right-hander Steven Geltz (3-1, 2 saves, 3.44 ERA). Among those returning to the Quakes was shortstop Darwin Perez, who had been at Double-A.

As for the Sixers, RHP Kyle Smit went to Double-A, after going 5-3 with six saves and a 2.49 ERA with the Sixers. RHP Eric Krebs (0-2, 3.24 with the Sixers last year, 0-2, 3.89 at Double-A this year) returned to the Sixers.

RHP Nate Eovaldi (oblique strain) was placed on the DL with LHP Miguel Sanfler starting in his place Saturday. Earlier in the week OF Preston Mattingly was placed on the DL and sent to Arizona. He might not be hurt. Mattingly was seen in an argument in the Sixer dugout late in Monday’s game at High Desert, then went on the DL.