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Kenley Jansen’s fate to be decided Tuesday

Kenley Jansen will learn Tuesday if he will pitch again this season.

That is the day the Dodgers’ closer will visit a heart specialist who will tell him whether he has to continue taking blood-thinning medication.

If Jansen stops taking the medication, he can pitch as early as Sept. 7 in San Francisco. If he has to continue taking it, he will be out four weeks.

The medication is designed to prevent clots and strokes. But if Jansen is struck with a baseball while on it, he could bleed to death.

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Because of that danger, Jansen will have to remain in the clubhouse during games.

Jansen, who threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, felt his heart beating irregularly while on the trainer’s table in Colorado on Tuesday. He knew something was wrong because he had a similar experience last year, when the condition forced him to be sidelined for a month.

Jansen was hospitalized in Denver on Tuesday and released the next day.

“It’s frustrating,” Jansen said.

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If Jansen is cleared to play, Manager Don Mattingly said he would be reinstalled as the team’s closer. For now, Ronald Belisario and Brandon League will be splitting closing duties.
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