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:
White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.
According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.