Kenley Jansen could sit out his team’s upcoming trip to Colorado.
The Dodgers closer is in jeopardy of being left in Los Angeles for this weekend’s series against the Rockies due to ongoing problems with an irregular heartbeat.
“It’s being debated,” Jansen said Monday, via MLB.com. “It’s tough.”
Jansen, who spent 11 days on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat last month, previously underwent surgery to correct the problem in 2012 and expects to have surgery again this offseason. Given the high altitude in Denver, manager Dave Roberts doesn’t want to aggravate Jansen’s condition.
“With Kenley and altitude and going to Denver, it’s certainly going to be a conversation we’re going to revisit during this series,” Roberts said. “The No. 1 priority that we’re all aligned on is that Kenley’s health is first and foremost the priority.If there’s any hesitation on his part or the doctors say the altitude can affect him in any way, then for us, it’s a no-brainer to have him stay back.
“So we haven’t made a decision yet. We’ll have those conversations and make that decision in the next couple of days.”
Jansen, 30, has struggled in recent weeks and gave up four home runs in three appearances late last month. He told reporters that a prescription medication given to him by his cardiologist was largely to blame.
The Rockies will open their three-game homestand against the Dodgers at 8:40 p.m. ET Friday.