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Kenley Jansen arrives at Dodgers camp

1 Comment’s Ken Gurnick reports that closer Kenley Jansen has arrived at Dodgers camp. Jansen was a week and a half late because he tested positive for COVID-19. Both of Jansen’s kids also suffered from the virus.

Jansen, 32, has a heart condition but he said he never considered opting out of the 2020 season. Speaking about the virus and some skepticism concerning the seriousness, Jansen said, “It is real. Everyone in the world — just take it serious. Wear your mask. Trust me, it happened so fast.

Despite the late start at Dodgers camp, Jansen expects to be ready for the start of the regular season. Last year, he recorded 33 saves with a career-high 3.71 ERA, 80 strikeouts, and 16 walks over 63 innings of work. Now entering his 11th season, the veteran right-hander will once again handle save situations while Blake Treinen, Pedro Báez, and Joe Kelly help bridge the gap.

The Dodgers open the regular season on July 23 at home against the Giants. Clayton Kershaw will take the hill, likely opposite Johnny Cueto. The Dodgers are one of four teams starting play on the 23rd; the remaining 26 teams open their seasons on the 24th.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.