Kenley Jansen made his season debut last night against the Rockies after returning from left foot surgery and he didn’t need much time to shake the rust.
Jansen tied a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning. Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to begin the eighth inning, but he ended up on first base after the ball got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal. Jansen then struck out Nick Hundley, Drew Stubbs, and D.J. LeMahieu (all swinging) to accomplish the feat. He needed just 14 pitches to get through the inning.
Jansen is the 74th pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning and the first since Oliver Perez last September. You can see the full list here. Here’s the video of Jansen’s inning:
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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to ease Jansen into things by having him pitch the eighth inning, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be closing games again really soon.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Maimi Marlins players sidelined by COVID-19 are all asymptomatic, and some have applied for reinstatement, according to manager Don Mattingly.
The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.
“They feeling great,” Mattingly said. “They all feel like they’re ready to go. There are a lot of guys who have applied for reinstatement. How long that takes, I’m not sure. But they feel like they’re ready to at least get back and start doing something.”
Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning.
Mattingly made his comments before the Marlins’ game against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, where they concluded a season-opening trip that turned into a 23-day marathon because of scheduling changes necessitated by the outbreak.
The team plays at Marlins Park for the first time this season Friday against Atlanta.