Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed very little information to the media after Kenley Jansen was unavailable last night against the Rockies. Of course, Jansen has a history of heart problems, so this led to all sorts of speculation about his health. Fortunately, he’s just fine.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Jansen is available to pitch for tonight’s game against the Cardinals. He felt sick to his stomach during the game last night and was found to have high blood pressure after being checked by a doctor, so the Dodgers held him out as a precaution. As for why Mattingly didn’t elaborate on his condition after the game, he said he was respecting the player’s wishes. So that explains that.
Jansen got a late start on the season after foot surgery, but he’s been outstanding since rejoining the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing just one hit and no walks over six scoreless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts and five saves.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).