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Kenley Jansen expected to miss a month due to irregular heartbeat

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat prior to last night’s game against the Rockies. He was given tests and then was flown back to Los Angeles to meet with a cardiologist for more tests today. Last night Dave Roberts said that Jansen, obviously, will not be available for the remainder of the four-game series in Denver.

This is not the first time Jansen has experienced an irregular heartbeat. Indeed, he underwent surgery to address the condition in 2012. This was his first episode of it since that time, so there is obviously some cause for concern.

How long Jansen will be out is unclear. In the meantime, Scott Alexander will likely assume closing duties for the Dodgers.

UPDATE: Bad news:

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.