Having just completed one key series, another is on the horizon for the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend against the Colorado Rockies. That the three games are taking place at Coors Field creates a bit of an obstacle for the Dodgers.
Not only will they be playing in the hitter-friendly environment, but the Dodgers may be without Kenley Jansen. Because of an atrial fibrillation during the club’s last visit to Colorado, the All-Star closer may not make this weekend’s trip.
Jansen met with cardiologists and spent 10 days on the disabled list after his latest scare. He was prescribed heart medication that Jansen said was to blame for his struggles upon being activated.
With permission from doctors, Jansen stopped taking the medication. However, he’s been asked to continue taking the medication with some adjustments, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group:
Jansen said his cardiologist, Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, recommended he resume taking his heart medication with the dosage and frequency adjusted.
While taking the prescribed medication, Jansen complained he lacked adrenaline and described his physical state as being similar to sleepwalking. An adjustment in dosage would, in theory, mitigate some of that side effect.
While he has a desire to pitch at Coors Field, which the Dodgers presumably would welcome with open arms, manager Dave Roberts has made it clear health, not a tight National League West race, will be the deciding factor.
Jansen will not join the team for their weekend series unless he receives clearance from doctors to do so.