We finally know why Kenley Jansen was late in reporting to camp. He finally arrived at Dodger Stadium today and spoke with the media. Jansen told reporters that the reason for his delay was because he tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, his children contracted the virus too.
“My son was having a fever,” Jansen said to the media. “He tested positive, then both of my kids have it. The first time I took the test I was negative, but later I tested positive.”
The good news is that everyone in the Jansen household is fully recovered.
When asked about whether or not he’ll be ready for Opening Day, Jansen said he think he’ll be good to go. “I’m ready. I threw a bullpen a couple of days ago.”
Although he’s had known heart-issues in the past, Jansen said he never considered opting out. “I love this game,” he said. “I want to do it for the fans. We’re all going through a tough time. I think this is a good thing not only for Dodgers fans, but for baseball fans around the world that’ll have something to watch on TV.”
Jansen had a message for the fans:
“It’s serious. Everyone in the world, take it serious. Just wear your mask all the time if you can. Trust me. It happened so fast. I see how fast it hit. We tried to do everything, but we all got it in the house. We’ve got to take care of ourselves.”