Jansen believes that he acquired the virus from his four-year-old son, who tested positive for COVID-19. The All-Star closer initially tested negative for the coronavirus, but a follow-up test revealed that he had contracted the disease.
The positive test came nearly three weeks ago, and team doctors gave Jansen the clearance to report to camp. Jansen did show some COVID-19 symptoms, but he expressed that he began to feel better after the fourth day.
Jansen is at high risk of developing health problems related to the coronavirus, and he did all that he could to keep himself out of harm’s way. The closer has had to undergo surgeries due to atrial fibrillation, and that has forced him to miss some time with the team.
Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to be one of the top teams in baseball this season, they still need Jansen to close out games for them. Jansen put himself on a strict diet after contracting the virus and believes that he will be ready to go on Opening Day.
All five members of Jansen’s family have tested positive for COVID-19, but they have all recovered. He expressed some fear over contracting the virus for a second time but has chosen to play baseball this season.
All-Star pitcher David Price will not be joining Jansen with the Dodgers this season as he has decided to opt out. Major League Baseball players were given a choice, and there have been several notable players that have decided to skip the 2020 season.
Sportsbooks Believe in Dodgers
Even without David Price in the mix, sportsbooks in the United States are still giving the Dodgers the best chance to win the World Series. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Dodgers at +380 to win the World Series this season, making them the betting favorite.
The New York Yankees are the next team on the list, and their odds are set at +400. The Houston Astros round out the top three, with odds currently set at +800.
FanDuel is also taking over/under bets for total wins for each team, and they have set the mark at 37.5 wins for the Dodgers. An “over” bet has a line of -116 while betting the under is being offered at -106.
Individual Award Chases
Mookie Betts is set to play in his first season with the Dodgers in 2020, and FanDuel Sportsbook has him as the favorite to win National League Most Valuable Player.
Betts is listed at +600, which is just ahead of Christian Yelich (+650), and Ronald Acuna Jr. (+700). Dodgers teammate Cody Bellinger is fourth on the list, with odds set at +800.
Clayton Kershaw is listed at +1800 to win the National League Cy Young Award and sits just inside the top 10 on that list.