LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled highly touted reliever Kenley Jansen from Double-A Chattanooga on Friday after the strapping right-hander from Curacao, who possesses a mid-90s fastball, posted a combined 1.60 ERA in 33 appearances this season for the Lookouts and high Single-A Inland Empire.
To clear a roster spot, the Dodgers designated reliever Justin Miller for assignment. The move means the Dodgers will continue, at least for now, to play with a 13-man pitching staff despite the fact it leaves their bench a man short and despite the fact their bullpen has had to pitch a total of one inning by one reliever (Hong-Chih Kuo) over the past two games.
Jansen, 22, will be making his major league debut. He was added to the 40-man roster for the first time last winter after finally agreeing to convert to pitching last summer after years of prodding by the Dodgers' minor league staff. Before that, Jansen was a lightly regarded catcher who posted a .229 batting average in five seasons with the organization after he was signed out of Curacao in November 2004.
Miller, 32, posted a 4.44 ERA in 19 appearances for the Dodgers after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque on May 27. The Dodgers have 10 days to either trade, release or, if Miller agrees, outright him to the minors. The move means the Dodgers now have three open spots on their 40-man roster.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.