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What in the world is going on with Kenley Jansen?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the most bizarre series of events we have seen so far this season, Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen was deemed "unavailable" by the team during last night's game, and did not see action as the club's bullpen imploded in the ninth inning as struggles from three relievers led to a 7-6 loss to the Rockies. After the game, the club's unusual handling of the situation led to widespread speculation about what was going on with Jansen, due in part to actions by the closer and his manager, Don Mattingly:

  • Jansen declined to speak with reporters after the game, telling a team spokesperson that he would not be speaking despite the crowd of scribes gathered around his locker
  • Mattingly was extremely vague in addressing the situation, saying: "I don't know who wants to talk about it. I'm not the one who wants to talk about it, though. He was unavailable," and also noting that Jansen's availability changed at some point during the game.
  • A team spokesperson told reporters that "Kenley wasn't feeling well and was unavailable", with no further explanation.
Though some thought that the unusual behavior could be trade-related, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported late last night that Jansen was not traded. An ambiguous tweet from ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe, who was part of the broadcast team in Colorado, caused many to worry about the severity of a potential illness for Jansen, who has dealt with heart trouble in the past.

ESPNLA.com's Mark Saxon reported early Thursday morning that one source claimed that Jansen's ailment "is not considered serious", which should come as a relief to baseball fans who are worried about the talented closer's well-being. At this point, the team and player have not issued official explanations, still causing a level of concern among Dodgers and baseball fans alike.

An update from moments after this was published: