Jul 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) has his foot looked at by trainer after being hit by a line drive during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Provides an Update on Status of Ankle Injury

Last night Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took a line drive off of his ankle as he recorded the first out of a save opportunity. After, madness ensued, and subsequently some quotes from Kenley about the outing were making the rounds. As for the health update of his ankle today, Bill Plunkett reports:

While his ankle feels better, he doesn’t expect to be available tonight. No word yet on whether a stint on the injured list may be required.

Jansen continues to feel remorse for staying in the game. As already noted in a previous post about this, his foot/ankle went numb, and he was having trouble covering home on an RBI single. He added more about the situation with Pedro Moura of The Athletic,

I couldn’t even go home no more, I was just all arm.

Manager Dave Roberts touched on the outing and his conversation with his closer,

He assured me that he was fine, that he felt it but it was not gonna compromise his arm or anything like that. He said he felt good and wanted to keep going.

When Kenley, as a guy that’s been around many times, feels like he can keep going and feels he’s not compromising himself for the team, then I gotta trust that.

As it is, do not expect to see Kenley pick up a ball tonight as he rests his ankle.

Rest Is Best

As detailed in a previous article, Kenley Jansen is way more effective when he is rested. So it’s not a big deal that he’s unavailable, especially since his injury is fairly minor and cured easily with a few days rest.

Sometimes pain can drive home a lesson as well as success. From his own words, he should have come out last night after the injury. The Dodgers should hope that this could really help Kenley’s mindset, because using your ego to rest on when you don’t have you best stuff isn’t always the best way to go. Healthy ego is what gets these elite athletes here, but unhealthy ego can hurt more than an ankle injury.

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