The Dodgers activated reliever Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter. To create room on the roster, Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jansen underwent surgery in February to remove a benign growth on his foot and started the season on the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t plan to use Jansen in save situations right away, so he’ll continue to utilize his closer-by-committee for the time being. The right-hander should be expected to slide back into the closer’s role by the end of May.
Jansen, 27, has been among the best in the business since regularly closing out games for the Dodgers in 2012. Since the start of the 2012 season, he has 97 saves with a 2.30 ERA and a 311/59 K/BB ratio in 207 innings.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.