Six days after surgery, Kenley Jansen reports to Dodgers’ spring training camp.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss up to the first month of the regular season following foot surgery last Tuesday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kenley Jansen arrived in camp Monday, using crutches to walk six days after his procedure in Los Angeles.

The pitcher didn’t need much convincing to get the surgery done after an x-ray revealed a growth in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.

“We’ve just got to see what’s good for you and your career and for the season, (if playing through an injury is) going to hurt the team,” he said. “I’d rather have it moving 100 percent so I can be ready for the season.”

Jansen said he first noticed pain in the affected area last year “if I paid attention sometimes, but not as much.

“If I had to pay attention on it, it was more this year,” he said. “In January the trainers checked it out to see what it is. That’s what I did. I did the right decision, I feel like.”

In five days Jansen will be off crutches and into a protective boot. He’s been cleared to begin upper-body workouts.

Dodgers will begin the season without a closer after Kenley Jansen injures foot.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen saved 44 games in 2014, his first full season as the Dodgers’ closer. (Getty Images)

About a month ago, I wrote that the Dodgers’ bullpen could be a weakness if Kenley Jansen got hurt.

We’re about to find out if that’s true.

Jansen, who saved 44 games in 49 opportunities in his first full season as the Dodgers’ closer last year, had surgery Tuesday to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. He is expected to miss the next 8-12 weeks.

The 27-year-old pitcher had been training at Dodger Stadium since January. According to the team, Jansen first reported discomfort in his left foot while running last week. A subsequent x-ray, MRI and CT scan showed the problem in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. The surgery was performed by Drs. Earl Brien and David Thordarson under the direction of Dr. Neal ElAttrache at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Brian Wilson exercises player option for 2015.

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Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson blew four of five save opportunities in 2014. He will make $9.5 million next season. (Getty Images)

Brian Wilson exercised a player option in his contract that will pay the right-hander $9.5 million in 2015.

Wilson made 61 appearances in 2014, all but six of which came in the eighth inning or later. He began the season as the primary set-up man to Kenley Jansen, but finished the season as more of a situational eighth-inning reliever. Wilson struggled to retire left-handed hitters all season (.914 OPS) and blew four of the five save opportunities he was given.

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Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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Carlos Frias could force Dodgers to re-think middle innings in October.

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Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start Wednesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)


Call it rational thought, but when Carlos Frias arrived in the Dodgers’ clubhouse in August, the tendency was to force the rookie pitcher into a limited array of roles.

Emergency spot starter.

Long reliever, preferably during an inconsequential blowout.

That’s what happens to 24-year-old rookies who had never pitched above Double-A baseball prior to the current year, who had an ERA in the fives during his first Triple-A season, right?
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Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen: A closer look.

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Pedro Baez has not allowed a run in his last six games. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Until recently, the comparisons between Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen were premature at best, superficial at worst.

Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.

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Daily Distractions: Fans’ outrage toward Dodgers, Time Warner now includes an online petition.

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A fan petition calling on the Dodgers and Time Warner cable to “broker a deal” with local cable providers and “stop the defacto blackout” of the club on local television has 491 signatures on the website FansRising.com.

The campaign is planning additional action to raise attention to the issue, according to a press release from Fans Rising. Comments left by fans reveal that multiple petition signers are elderly fans no longer able to attend games who can’t watch on television.

“I saw my first Dodger game at Ebbets Field in 1938 and have been a faithful fan ever since,” wrote Doris Schalk. “I am now 84 and unable to drive, so don’t get to many games anymore, but being able to watch them all these years has been a god-send. The radio guys are very good – BUT I miss my Vin AND my Dodgers.”

Some bullet points for a Hump Day:
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Why is Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitching so much?

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is on pace to appear in 110 games this season. (Getty Images)

In the eighth inning Wednesday with the Dodgers leading the Phillies 5-2, right-handers Kenley Jansen and Chris Perez were warming up in the bullpen.

The decision of who would pitch the ninth inning literally came down to the final moment. Had Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI in the final at-bat of the inning, Perez would have gotten the ninth. Instead, Gonzalez flied out to deep center field and Jansen got the ball. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save.

It was Jansen’s 15th appearance of the season, which leads the major leagues.
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