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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Says Kenley Jansen is Not Available for NLDS Game 3

A night after struggling through 30 pitches and recording only 2 outs in the 9th inning of National League Division Series game 2, Dave Roberts told the media that closer Kenley Jansen would not be available for game 3.

The reasoning, Doc explained, wasn’t driven by Kenley’s struggles but the fact that he had already gone back-to-back nights in this series against the Padres. In game 1, the embattled closer tossed 9 pitches to record the final 2 outs of a game 1 win. In game 2, he couldn’t record the final out and gave way to right-hander Joe Kelly, who walked a tight rope to secure the 6-5 save.

Still, Roberts admits he still will have to rethink the 9th inning role going forward in October. Notably, the rest of the pitching staff save for Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler is available tonight.

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The Dodgers lead the series 2-0 over the Padres and go for the sweep tonight, sending rookie flamethrower Dustin May to mound against San Diego’s rookie lefty Adrian Morejon. May threw 27 pitches on Tuesday night’s game 1, but came out after the game saying he would be ready to throw again at any point in the series.

If LA can secure the win tonight, the club moves on to the National League Championship Series to face the Atlanta Braves. The series remains in Arlington, Texas.

NEXT: Joe Kelly Talks Kenley Jansen Struggles

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Send his butt down to the alternate site then we won’t have to worry about seeing him in any situation. Have some balls, Dave!

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