Kenley Jansen “unavailable” due to undisclosed in-game issue, Dodgers give no further details


Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who has a history of heart problems, was unavailable for Wednesday night’s game against the Rockies due to what manager Don Mattingly revealed was an issue that came up “during the game.”

However, neither Mattingly nor the Dodgers would give any further information to the media assembled in the clubhouse after the game and Jansen did not speak to the media before leaving the ballpark.

Adding to the level of concern, ESPN announcer Rick Sutcliffe tweeted the following after broadcasting the game:

Perhaps it’s nothing, but that certainly indicates Sutcliffe knows more about the situation than the Dodgers revealed to the assembled media and is very worried about Jansen’s health.

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register described Mattingly as “evasive” when speaking to reporters, although he also notes that Jansen was healthy enough to remain in the clubhouse rather than be taken to the hospital.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

Jacob deGrom
USA Today

ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).