Doctor's Orders: Dodgers Closer Jansen to Miss Weekend Series at Coors
When the Dodgers visited Coors Field four weeks ago, closer Kenley Jansen wound up calling 911 with an accelerated heartbeat, and eventually his heart had to be shocked back into rhythm at a Denver hospital. It was the second time Jansen had that type of reaction to the mile-high altitude in Denver.
Jansen and the Dodgers aren't taking any chances this time.
In second place in the NL West, a game back of the Rockies pending the outcome of the Rockies game with the Giants Wednesday night, the Dodgers announced Jansen will not be with the team at Coors Field for a three-game series beginning Monday night.
Club officials said a team cardiologist recommended Jansen not take the chance.
After the last time, when he was activated from the disabled list, Jansen initially struggled. He not only gave up runs in four consecutive outings, but in the first two, he faced nine batters and gave up three home runs -- two go-ahead home runs and one game-tying home run.
On Wednesday, Jansen informed his followers on twitter, "@Dodgers fans, as you heard, I won't be making the trip to COL. Dr.'s orders. I want to help my team at any cost, but must listen to Dr. To be honest w/you issues are scary. Doing great though. I’ll join team after COL, continue pushing toward postseason. #KeepKenleysHeartHealthy"
"Whenever we get that decision from the doctor it's sort of a no-brainer, but you have to applaud Kenley for feeling good and wanting to still kind of see it through,'' manager Dave Roberts said. "But we sometimes have to take it out of the player's hands to do what is best for him.''
Jansen underwent a heart procedure in 2012 to aid the issue and said last month that he likely will undergo another procedure this offseason.
Jansen will continue to keep his arm loose in Los Angeles while the Dodgers travel to Denver. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday for the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati.