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Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen To Get Checked Following Unavailability



Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (June 4, 2:50 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Kenley Jansen missed Wednesday’s game as he was feeling under the weather and he will be re-evaluated Thursday afternoon.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers led by two runs when the bottom of the ninth inning began. Adam Liberatore took the mound after pitching the eighth, and Yimi Garcia and J.P. Howell warmed-up in the bullpen. Clearly, closer Kenley Jansen was unavailable, but why?

After the walk-off loss Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said simply Jansen was unavailable while refusing to provide specifics. A team spokesman later said Jansen couldn’t be called on because of sickness and the closer refused to speak with media.

With the Dodgers having returned to Los Angeles in the early hours of Thursday morning, the day’s plans include Jansen getting checked on, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

While that may be cause for concern, Rosenthal adds the matter isn’t believed serious:

Jansen has previously missed time with atrial fibrillation and he had an irregular heartbeat during a trip to Colorado in 2012. He underwent surgery to address the heartbeat issue in October 2012 and has been fine since.

With his closer unavailable, Mattingly used four relievers in the fateful ninth inning — Liberatore, Garcia, Howell and Chris Hatcher. Hatcher was the only of the quartet to record an out, though it was Nolan Arenado’s game-winning sacrifice fly.

Dating back to May 29 and stretching to July 1, the Dodgers are currently in the midst of playing 34 games in 34 days. Their lone off-day in June is on the 11th and they begin a 10-game road trip in Chicago on June 22.

Thursday is the start of a seven-game homestand, beginning with a four-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals. Thursday is also Kenley Jansen bobblehead night.

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