Dodgers Notes: Jansen, Gordon, Hairston, Hawksworth, Herrera

After a week of mostly nothing but throwing on the side, Kenley Jansen was busy on Saturday.

Saturday was a rather busy day in Anaheim, so here is a rundown of some miscellaneous Dodgers notes that weren't covered earlier:

  • Kenley Jansen hadn't pitched since June 15, so before Saturday's game he threw 18 pitches in a bullpen session, and had Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis take turns standing in the batters box against him, which also gave Kemp and Ellis at least a brief look at something other than batting practice pitches.

    "You just want to have that feeling, that zone," Jansen said of pitching with a batter standing in. "You want to have your command, and stay sharp."

    The Dodgers had a save situation on Saturday, and Jansen retired the Angels in order in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.
  • Dee Gordon worked with Maury Wills prior to batting practice in a one-on-one session, prior to going 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Halos.

    "I like working by myself. It was one of the best sessions I've had this year. We worked on bunting. That's a big part of my game," Gordon said. "I learned some things today that are hard to pay attention to when there are a bunch of guys out there working."
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. was hit in the kneecap by a throw from catcher A.J. Ellis at second base in the bottom of the eighth inning. Assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson and manager Don Mattingly went out on the field to check on Hairston, but he was fine and stayed in the game.
  • Blake Hawksworth, who pitched a rehab game Friday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, will do the same on Sunday.
  • Elian Herrera, who made a spectacular catch in center field in the fifth inning to rob Torii Hunter of a go-ahead extra-base hit on Saturday, talked before the game about his hitting approach that has served him well during his first six weeks in the major leagues.

    "I know there a lot of pitchers I have not seen before. I just try to learn from other players," Herrera said. "That's why most of the time I take a lot of pitches, because I don't know them and I need to see as many pitches as I can and learn how they pitch to me."
  • Mattingly was asked to compare Gordon and Mike Trout of the Angels. "I wouldn't want to tackle Trout, but I think I could take Dee in the open field," Mattingly quipped.
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