The Dodgers’ closer debate continues, at least in the manager’s mind.

Brandon LeagueKenley JansenOne day after Brandon League allowed the game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly defended his closer. Sort of.

“I don’t feel Brandon’s done anything really wrong,” Mattingly said. “I know he’s given up — gives up the home run to (Guillermo) Quiroz (Saturday), the home run (to Paul Goldschmidt) last night. Even the blown save, we feel like if we make plays for him he gets that one (April 24 in New York). Then he’d have zero (blown saves). So I don’t really feel like Brandon’s come in and walked the park, gotten hit all over the place. Obviously he’s getting hit a little bit, though.”

Asked point-blank who his closer would be tonight, Mattingly said, “We’ll see. We’ll find out. For me right now, I’ll go with Brandon.”

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

The only other pitcher Mattingly mentioned for the role is Kenley Jansen.

Jansen has pitched well this season (2.12 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 17 innings), not unlike he did a year ago when Javy Guerra was struggling as the closer and Mattingly handed the ninth inning to Jansen. The circumstances are so similar, it’s no wonder Mattingly is contemplating making a change.

“I can’t say I haven’t given thought to it,” Mattingly said. “The games that Brandon’s given up runs are games that he wasn’t necessarily closing. Kenley’s been throwing the ball good. Yeah, I’ve given thought to it. … I’m just still thinking about it. We still talk about it, go back and forth. It’s like anything else — all of a sudden we flip it, then we got a mess. Not that we’re not in a mess already a little bit.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.