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Dodgers place Kenley Jansen on disabled list with shoulder inflammation, call up Josh Lindblom [Updated]

Kenley-jansen_300 The Dodgers’ youth movement rolls on. Alas, so do their injury woes.

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.


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Jansen is a big, strong kid (6-5, 255), but he's been working awfully hard. You could see something was wrong with him last night...he was laboring out there. Only half of his 30 pitches were strikes, and he threw a first-pitch strike to only one of the six batters he faced. Well, he'll certainly get some rest now.

"You have to tell somebody, get treatment on it and let the trainers do their job."
Kenley has obviously seen Conte's work...

Mattingly should have never left him in for 38 pitches Wednesday at Houston. He was obviously laboring, and Donnie had the chance to bring in Scott Elbert to pitch to Michael Bourn, and not only preserve Jansen's throwing shoulder, but the victory. He left him in there for three more batters and there went the shoulder and that game...two run double, hit batsman, game winning rbi single.

The guys velocity has been down all year from the guy who threw 96-99 last year. No one on the coaching staff or Stan Conte noticed this? You would think when a guy who threw that hard is throwing 90-93 with no movement, you might think something was wrong. It wasn't just one 38 pitch outing that did this, and he didn't get an ERA over 8.00 from one outing either. Leaving him in as Mattingly did, was not smart for a number of reasons. If the Dodgers weren't so desperate for any relief pitching help, this guy would be in the minors learning how to pitch.


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