The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking forward to roster expansion in September because their bullpen has suffered major blows this week. On Wednesday alone, both Scott Elbert and Kenley Jansen were announced as out.
Elbert hit the disabled list just 10 days after getting activated from the DL, with the same left elbow inflammation that sidelined him for three weeks in July and August. But Jansen's problem could be more serious.
The closer is out indefinitely because of a recurrence of the irregular heartbeat that put him on the disabled list for four weeks in 2011. Jansen, who changed his diet in the offseason to avoid fatty foods as a result of the cardiac arrhythmia, also was treated for the condition during spring training this season.
Jansen pitched Monday night in Colorado but was hospitalized on Tuesday. Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't know when Jansen will be able to return. If Jansen needs to use blood thinners, as he did last season, he will likely miss the remainder of the year.
"We'll keep moving forward," Mattingly said after Wednesday's game.
The injuries to Elbert and Jansen came at a bad time. The Dodgers recalled rookie Josh Wall on Monday just to have a fresh arm in a bullpen that was taxed in a weekend series against the Marlins.
When roster limits expand on Saturday from 25 to 40, Javy Guerra will likely be recalled and Matt Guerrier is expected to be activated from the disabled list. At this point, the bullpen can use any help it can get.