Major League Baseball announced on Saturday that Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel were named Relievers of the Year for the National League and the American League, respectively.
Jansen, 30, finished the regular season 5-0 with a 1.32 ERA, an NL-best 41 saves, and a 109/7 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. It’s the second consecutive year in which Jansen has won the Reliever of the Year Award.
Kimbrel, 29, went 5-0 with a 1.43 ERA, 35 saves, and a 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings of work. This is his first time winning the award, though he did win the annual Delivery Man Award in 2013 and the monthly Delivery Man Award in August 2011, September 2012, and August 2013.
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.