PHOENIX — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scratched from what was supposed to be his 2018 Cactus League debut on Friday after feeling tightness in his left hamstring.
“When he was getting ready today during his pregame stuff getting his legs loose and doing some running it tightened up on him,” manager Dave Roberts said after the game. “I had the trainers look at him, and it made sense just not to pitch him today.”
Roberts said Jansen did not suffer a hamstring strain, only tightness, and wasn’t sent for an MRI.
The Dodgers have been conservative with several of their relief pitchers this spring, including Jansen, who has pitched only in one B game last Monday in addition to his regular bullpen sessions.
Tony Cingrani, who also pitched in that B game, threw a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut on Friday against the Royals. Josh Fields has yet to pitch in a big league spring game, but is expected to do so this weekend.
“In spring training to build those guys up doesn’t take a whole lot,” Roberts said. “We just need to make sure that they feel good and strong, make sure they are built up for that one-plus.”
The plan is for Jansen to pitch in a game on the back fields on Monday, then possibly in a major league game later next week, perhaps Thursday. The Dodgers’ minor league schedule begins on Monday, and the club is off on Tuesday.