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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.