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Top Kenley Jansen News

  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Expected to pitch Monday

    Jansen (illness) is expected to pitch Monday against Atlanta, Ian Browne of reports.

    Jansen was removed from Friday's Grapefruit League appearance after experiencing lightheadedness and dizzy spells, but he's back at the ballpark before Sunday's Grapefruit League finale. The right-hander looks to be ready for Opening Day and will likely be ready to be called upon for save chances to begin the 2023 campaign.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Felt lightheaded before exit

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that Jansen felt "lightheaded" before leaving Friday's appearance against Atlanta, but he should be fine going forward, Tom Caron of NESN reports.

    Jansen left Friday's appearance with a trainer, and he immediately went to the Boston clubhouse. It's a concerning development for anyone, but it's especially worrisome for the 35-year-old because of his history with atrial fibrillation. Fortunately, this exit appears to be precautionary with Cora believing that the right-hander should be OK going forward. Jansen may be held out of action for the next couple days, but it appears that he might be fine for the regular season.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Feeling better Saturday

    Jansen (lightheadedness) said he expects to pitch in Sunday's Grapefruit League game, Sean McAdam of reports.

    He left Friday's exhibition game with a trainer after feeling lightheaded, but Jansen reported improvement Saturday and said he does not believe the issue is related to his heart condition (atrial fibrillation). The longtime closer suggested it may have just been dehydration, per Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican. So long as Jansen returns Sunday or early next week, he should be in the clear for Opening Day.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Leaves game with trainer

    Jansen left Friday's Grapefruit League appearance against Atlanta with a trainer, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Jansen went directly into the clubhouse after exiting the appearance. The right-hander is likely to undergo testing, and there should be an update on his status before the end of Friday's game. This would be a significant loss for Boston after they signed Jansen to serve as the closer for the 2023 season.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Throws live batting practice

    Jansen (illness) threw 17 pitches to live hitters Thursday in Red Sox camp, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

    Jansen missed a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance earlier this week because he wasn't feeling well, but he's scheduled to return to exhibition action Saturday and could join Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic if they advance out of their group. The veteran reliever is slated to serve as Boston's primary closer in 2023.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Could join WBC in quarterfinals

    Jansen is expected to join Team Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic if the club advances, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Jansen is still in spring training with Boston and just made his spring debut with the Red Sox on Monday. The long-time closer will remain in Florida as an option for the Grapefruit League, but he could be a late-inning option in the WBC if Team Netherlands advances. Jansen is coming off a 2022 campaign in which he recorded 41 saves along with a 3.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 64 innings in 65 appearances.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Makes spring debut

    Jansen pitched a scoreless inning in Saturday's spring game against the Astros.

    Jansen made quick work of the Astros in his Grapefruit League debut, setting down the side in order. Most notably, he easily beat the pitch clock on all 14 of his pitches, according to Ian Browne of Jansen is notorious for his slow pace, averaging 25.6 seconds between pitches with the bases empty and 31.4 seconds with runners on last season. He vowed the new pitch clock would not be an issue for him, saying he's been working on it since December. The right-hander noted that his slow pace was a product of the environment and throwing in high-pressurized situations. The real test for Boston's closer comes during the regular season when those high-pressure situations become the norm.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Throws bullpen with timer

    Jansen threw a bullpen session Sunday and was on time in his delivery, Christopher Smith of reports.

    Jansen is one of the slowest pitchers in the league, so he'll have to adjust to the new rule that pitchers must begin their delivery within 15 seconds with the bases empty (20 second with runners on). He had the third slowest tempo (25.6 seconds) between pitches last year.

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  • Red Sox's Kenley Jansen: Behind due to offseason illness

    Jansen is a bit behind in Red Sox camp due to an offseason illness, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Jansen had to put a pause on his winter workouts because he and his family got sick. However, there's plenty of time for the veteran reliever to play catch-up and be at or near 100 percent come Opening Day. He inked a two-year, $32 million free-agent contract with Boston in December and projects to serve as the club's primary closer in 2023.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 275 lbs
Birthplace: Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Age: 35
Experience: 12
Bats/Throws: S, R