posted 4/21/11 12:59 PM PST
by Jason Martinez
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Kenley Jansen, RHP (LAD): Expected to play an important role in the Dodgers bullpen this season, Jansen looks nothing like the pitcher who dominated after a promotion last July (27 IP, 2 ER, 12 H, 15 BB, 41 K).
The converted catcher has had two disastrous outings, including his last on April 19th when he gave up 5 ERs that turned a close game with the Braves into a blowout. I wouldn't expect him to pitch in a close game anytime soon and could see him being sent to the minors in the near future. It's important to note that the 23 year-old made the jump from Double-A last season so he could probably use some time in Triple-A.
Brad Penny, RHP (DET): The signing of Penny this offseason meant that the Tigers could be patient with young prospects Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner. But an 8.44 ERA in four starts combined with impressive performances by Oliver and Turner at Triple-A and Double-A, respectfully, likely have the 32 year-old Penny on the hot seat. It could be a case of him just shaking off the rust after missing most of the 2010 season because of injury. Still, too many more ugly starts and the team could turn to one of the youngsters.
Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (TOR): It looks like the lefty will get at least one more start as Jesse Litsch and Brett Cecil were each optioned to the minors recently. He's gotten knocked out early in two of his three starts, however, and could find himself in the bullpen or off the roster when Litsch returns or once Cecil gets straightened out and is ready to reclaim a rotation spot.
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