SAN DIEGO —
Just imagine how good the right-hander would be if he were pitching with his good arm.
Jansen is a natural lefty. In fact, pitching is the only thing he does with his right hand. And he would still be throwing left-handed if not for his right-handed brothers.
"When I was a kid, I used to use a right-handed glove and I'd just put it on the other hand," says Jansen, who grew up in Curacao. "They almost started a fight with me. They said if I didn't stop doing that they would beat me up."
So Jansen taught himself to throw right-handed. He says he can still throw with his left arm but not with the mid-90s power he has right-handed.
And he's not the only Dodgers pitcher who throws with the "wrong" hand. Starting pitcher
"They're like mirror images of each other," Martin Kim, Ryu's interpreter, said of Ryu and Jansen.
Andre Ethier, out nine days because of a sprained left ankle, pinch-hit in the ninth inning Sunday and struck out on three pitches. He appeared to favor the ankle after the second strike but declined to talk about it after the game. He could be back in the starting lineup Tuesday in San Francisco. . . .