The Dodgers before Sunday's game with the Padres activated relief pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo from the disabled list. Kuo, who set a Dodgers franchise record with a 1.20 ERA last season, has had trouble throwing strikes this season and was on the disabled list with a lower back strain. To make room for Kuo, the Dodgers optioned Kenley Jansen to Double A.
Jansen had a pair of bad outings this season, and at times has had trouble with control of his offspeed pitches, but he also has 22 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings, so the Dodger bullpen will miss his arm. Really, the only reason Jansen is being sent down is because he has options, while mop-up man Lance Cormier remains on the roster. Here are today's starting lineups:
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