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:
Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.
Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.
Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).