Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dodgers' news: Kenley Jansen, Shohei Otani, Yunel Escobar, Andres Santiago

Kenley Jansen underwent successful heart surgery on Tuesday. His recovery time will be three to four months.

Hopefully, this solves Jansen's issues, as he's missed time the last two seasons with this. Barring anything unforeseen, he should be ready to go for 2013. And the Dodgers are going to need him anchoring the bullpen.

Otani update

Chad Moriyama has a great breakdown of the Shohei Otani situation.

The Dodgers need to land this kid. His potential is off the charts. But he might not even be the best pitching prospect in Japan.

Ben Badler of Baseball America had a look at Otani as a prospect and wrote there's an even better pitching prospect in Japan (subscription required).

Baseball America also released its report card for the Dodgers' 2013 draft class (subscription required).

Yunel Escobar for shortstop?

Mike Petriello wonders if the Dodgers should take a run at Yunel Escobar.

It's definitely an out-of-the-box idea, but it also seems like an idea that was better suited during the McCourt era. Still, you can't fault Petriello for thinking about it. Many don't want Hanley Ramirez to be the Dodgers' shortstop come Opening Day 2013. I can't say I blame them, but I also think his offensive potential at the position outweighs his defensive shortcomings (and I can't believe I just typed that).

Of course, I could change my tune come the end of April and Ramirez has butchered multiple plays at shot.

Santiago shines in AFL Wednesday

Andres Santiago made his third start of the Arizona Fall League season and had his best outing by far: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB (both in the first inning), 5 K.

The only negative part about his performance was his strike percentage. He threw 70 pitches, but just 41 strikes -- good for a 56.3 percent strike rate. He had a 61 percent strike rate in 26 Southern League innings, so it's something he'll have to work on going forward.

Dugout Blues

Look for new episodes of the Dodgers' podcast "Dugout Blues" in the not too distant near future.

Photo credit: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue

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