Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts Upset With Kenley Jansen’s Postgame Comments
Roberts comment refers to an incident that occurred on Tuesday when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen told reporters in front of his locker postgame that he should have come out of the Dodgers 9-8 loss to the Phillies in which Jansen blew the save. After being struck in the foot on a ground ball by Phillies player Adam Haseley, Jansen told Roberts and the Dodgers team doctor that he was okay to continue pitching. Jansen later said that his ankle went numb after taking the ground ball shot and that he could not drive his ankle. By telling reporters after the game that he believes he should have come out, Roberts became a little irritated and upset with Jansen.
#Dodgers Kenley Jansen said his foot went “numb” and he couldn’t push off after being hit by comebacker to start 9th.
“I’m not an excuses guy. But I should have come out of the game”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 17, 2019
“I think I do a very good job of being honest with my guys,” Roberts said. “We’re all trying to win. We’re all trying to compete. But when you give certainty that you’re not compromising yourself for the team, then I’m going to trust it. So to then go back and say, ‘I should’ve come out of the game,’ it’s a little bit tough to swallow.”
“When we give him a baseball, I expect the game to be over,” Roberts said. “The results aren’t what they were in ’17. And you can say that about a lot of players. So I think it’s just one of those things that he’s just got to continue to make pitches. But he’s the best we have and I still have full confidence when we give him the baseball.”
Dave Roberts said Kenley Jansen’s right ankle was “significantly better” at the end of yesterday and expects him to be available today. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 18, 2019