Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has dropped Apr 22, 2019 3:09:22 GMT
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The procedure www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , known as an ablation, was Jansen’s second heart operation in six years. It came after he experienced an atrial fibrillation episode in Denver this past August.“I definitely feel great. Ready to roll,” Jansen said at the team’s FanFest on Saturday.Jansen, who had 38 saves in 42 chances last year and a career-high 3.01 ERA, said he will be ready to go by Opening Day.The big right-hander gave up seven runs in his first four games after missing time in August and then blew both of his save opportunities in the World Series.“I’m not happy at all by that year I had last year, so that’s motivation for me,” Jansen said. “Every year you can get better. Even if I have a good year this year, next year I will want to do better.”The 31-year-old dropped the weight hoping to better manage his health, and he said his doctor is confident the issues are behind him, even if he’s not completely cured. He said he is off blood thinners and has been cleared to pitch in Colorado this year.PRESENTING POLLOCKA.J. Pollock was introduced to Los Angeles fans Saturday shortly after his four-year, $55 million contract with the cub became official.The former Arizona Diamondback greeted his new fans by admitting a once-serious dislike for the Dodgers. Now that he’s signed his deal — which includes a $10 million option for 2023 or a $5 million buyout — he’s excited to wear the colors that once piqued his competitive spirit.“When you play against the Dodgers, of course; these guys are good,” Pollock said Saturday, admitting his former Dodgers disdain. “I think that’s what it comes down to. I think these guys are in a place where you either love them or hate them.”Pollock was one of this era’s first swing-change success stories. After trying to lift his launch angle in 2015 Charlie Morton Jersey , he broke out with a .315 average, 20 home runs, 39 stolen bases and a Gold Glove in center field. Injuries have seriously hindered him since, though, including a fractured right elbow in 2016, a groin issue in 2017 and a broken left thumb last year.“Obviously he’s missed some time over the last few years and we dug into the question: ‘Is it predictive as you move forward?” president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman said. “Most of them have been impact-type injuries. He’s had one soft-tissue injury.“Then you get into how well a guy takes care of himself. How clean does he live, eat, and those things that factor into payer health? As we dug into it, we felt good that he does everything he can to stay on the field.”Manager Dave Roberts is known for mixing and matching his players, often moving guys around to get the proper platoon advantage. Roberts said the right-handed hitting Pollock should be an everyday player in center, as long as he’s healthy.“I don’t think you go out and sign a guy like that to even bring in the word platoon,” Roberts said.Pollock’s 2023 salary can escalate by $5 million based on plate appearances in 2022: $1 million each for 400, 450, 500 www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , 550 and 600. His 2023 salary also could escalate up to $5 million based on MVP finishes from 2019-22, structured on a point system with each point worth $1 million: five points for first, three points for second through fifth, and one for sixth through 10th.If Pollock has 1,000 plate appearances in 2020 and ’21, or 1,450 from 2019-21, he would gain the right to opt out of the contract after the 2021 season and still would receive the buyout if he does.Pollock would get a $1.5 million assignment bonus each time he is traded.SEAGER ON TRACKDodgers shortstop Corey Seager can’t guarantee he’ll be ready by Opening Day but says he hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery from hip and Tommy John surgeries.“Right now, everything is on line to kind of be able to make a decision on whether I will be ready to go or not, but for the most part I feel great and everything is on time right now,” Seager said.Seager, who has been told he will continue to play shortstop, threw from 120 feet for the first time Friday and is still progressing toward live batting practice and throwing across the infield. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.With Rangel’s hiring Friday Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey , the Rangers have filled six spots on Woodward’s staff.Rangel, 43, was minor league pitching coordinator for the Giants this year, his only season in the San Francisco organization. He spent the previous 11 seasons in the Indians organization, including a stint as the interim pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in 2012.The Panama native was signed by the New York Yankees as a 17-year-old in 1993 and spent his entire seven-year professional career in the Yankees farm system. He reached as high as Double-A during his last season in 2000.The Rangers earlier this week named Luis Ortiz as a first-time hitting coach. Ortiz last season was assistant hitting coach with the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers, where Woodward was the third base coach.There are three assistants returning who were on former manager Jeff Banister’s staff, with bench coach Don Wakamatsu, third base coach Tony Beasley and first base coach Hector Ortiz, who had been in that role before being the bullpen coach last season.Jayce Tingler, in the organization since 2007, will be the major league player development field coordinator.The Rangers still likely will hire a bullpen coach and an assistant hitting coach to fill out their big league staff.The contracts of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen weren’t renewed. Steve Buechele, who was the first base coach last season, will be a special assistant in baseball operations to assist at the major and minor league levels.