Mattingly turns to Jansen to close

April, 29, 2012
4/29/12
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LOS ANGELES -- A few hours after telling the media for the umpteenth time that he doesn't plan to take the closer's job away from Javy Guerra and give it to Kenley Jansen, Mattingly called on Jansen to finish off Sunday's 2-0 victory over Washington.

"Really, it was a simple thing, (Jansen was) the freshest arm,'' Mattingly said. "Javy threw (22) pitches last night, less than 24 hours ago, so Kenley was the freshest.''

Guerra pitched once over the previous three days after taking a line drive to the face Wednesday night.

But after Jansen walked the first batter and went to a 2-0 count on the second one, prompting a visit from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Mattingly got both Guerra and lefty Scott Elbert up in the 'pen.

"(Jansen) was going to walk the house,'' Mattingly said. "Six straight balls.''

After Honeycutt's visit, though, Jansen calmed down and finished off the Nationals for his second save, although he did issue another walk with two outs.

"He basically was just trying to slow me down and get me to keep attacking the zone,'' Jansen said. "It was just one of those days when I couldn't find the zone early, but I battled through it.''

Guerra, meanwhile, said he felt much better after a one-on-one meeting in the morning with Mattingly. Mattingly told the media before the game that he was concerned on Saturday night that he didn't see Guerra's usual "swag,'' an assessment Guerra didn't dismiss.

"Honestly, if that is the way he feels I look out there, then I would like to know that from my manager right away,'' Guerra said. "I want to be the same way I was before, so maybe I need to be a little more cocky. It's a long season. It wasn't the line drive. That kind of thing will never affect me. It was more just trying to overdo what I need to do and trying to do too much out there.'' ...

As expected, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Nathan Eovaldi back to Double-A Chattanooga after the game. Eovaldi was recalled on Friday and sent to the bullpen, but he never appeared in a game. There was no corresponding roster move, but the team plans to activate reliever Todd Coffey from the 15-day disabled list before Monday night's game in Colorado.

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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