Dodgers place Kenley Jansen on disabled list with shoulder inflammation, call up Josh Lindblom [Updated]
When you’re 23-30, you do what you can.
Before Sunday’s game against the Marlins, the Dodgers called up right-hander Josh Lindblom from double-A Chattanooga and placed reliever Kenley Jansen (pictured at left) on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
To make room for Lindblom on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Travis Schlichting for assignment. Schlichting, 26, wasn’t exactly lighting it up at triple-A Albuquerque, where he had a 6.55 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.
Jansen becomes the 13th Dodger this season to be placed on the disabled list. They are back to having eight players currently on it.
Jansen threw one inning Saturday, but it took him 30 pitches. This came on the heels of a difficult previous outing, against Houston on May 23, when he threw 38 pitches.
Jansen, 23, is in only his second full year as a pitcher, after starting his career as a catcher. He was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 20 games this season, his ERA mostly inflated from three rough outings.
[Update: Jansen had an MRI exam on Sunday that showed bursitis in his right shoulder. He was given an injection of cortisone. Manager Don Mattingly said Jansen is being sent to the team’s Arizona facility, where he will begin his rehab after taking a few days off.
Mattingly said the shoulder had been bothering Jansen for awhile, but he had not mentioned it until after Saturday's game.
"I’m a little bit frustrated with Kenley," Mattingly said. "You can’t have something going on and not tell anybody.
"You have to tell somebody, get treatment on it and let the trainers do their job."]
Lindblom, a second-round draft pick in 2008 out of Purdue, caught the Dodgers’ attention during the 2010 spring training.
However, Lindblom struggled at triple-A and was converted from a starter to a reliever. He went 3-2 with a 6.54 ERA, while opponents hit .340 against him. He appeared in only two 2011 spring games.
This season he returned to double-A strictly as a reliever and seemed to thrive. At Chattanooga, the 6-4 Lindblom was 1-3 with a 2.96 ERA, with seven saves and 33 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24 1/3 innings.
-- Steve Dilbeck
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