Jansen's debut could be on horizon

Jansen's debut could be on horizon

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have had discussions about bringing up 22-year-old right-hander Kenley Jansen, but have passed on him thus far because the reliever has been limited to single-inning appearances.

Jansen is 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA in 28 appearances between Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga. He's averaging nearly 15 strikeouts per nine innings.

"We've talked about him -- I really liked his personality in the spring," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I think at some point this year you'll probably see him. I may be talking out of school there, but we've talked enough about him that I think by September, if not before."

Left-hander Scott Elbert is in Arizona playing catch, Torre and Dodgers bullpen coach Ken Howell said. Elbert was given permission to leave Triple-A Albuquerque in June after he was apparently unhappy with a demotion from the big leagues and has not pitched in a Minor League game since.

"He's been playing catch in Arizona," Howell said. "I spoke with him once, as far as I know he's just taking it one day at a time, going slow. That's where they're at right now."

Howell said there was nothing physically hindering Elbert.