Kenley Jansen (RP)
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. It was discovered when Jansen experienced discomfort running last week. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 8-12 week timetable puts a return at the end of April or early May. Its a good thing the injury is on the lower body and not on the throwing arm or shoulder so there shouldn't be too much concern. Instead of a save number in the 40's, with 100+ strikeouts, the projections for Jansen should be lowered to a save number in the 30's with around 80 strikeouts, dropping him from top 3 reliever to top 10. The Dodgers should provide plenty of save opportunities but the pitchers behind Jansen are all un-inspiring. I have no faith in Brandon League so my guess would be that newly acquired Joel Peralta will get first crack.
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with stud closer Kenley Jansen and signed him for 2015 at $7.425 million. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jansen is one of the top closers in fantasy. In 2014, he posted a 2.76 ERA, saved 44 games, and struck out 101 batters in 65 innings pitched. It will be curious how the Dodgers approach Jansen long-term as David Robertson recently signed a four-year $46 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. While we do not advocate drafting closers early, Jansen should approach the 40 save mark again and continue to strike out over a batter an inning. The upgraded Dodgers defense should help as well.