Dodgers' Jansen Judged OK After Brief Heart Scare

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen is visiting a doctor on Friday morning for shortness of breath and possible heart flutters.

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Dodgers' Kenley Jansen Cleared After Brief Scare

Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- and for that matter, fans of record-breaking strikeout pitchers -- can breathe easy, at least for now, after Kenley Jansen was cleared to resume his usual spring-training activities. From the Dodgers' official site:

Jansen received medical clearance to resume all baseball activity Friday after suffering a recurrence of heart palpitations Thursday night. Jansen was seen by Dr. John Monroe Friday morning and rejoined the club during workouts to play catch.

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Jansen, who set an MLB record last year for strikeouts per nine innings, was hospitalized last July with an irregular heartbeat and had to be disabled for three weeks because he was prescribed a blood thinner and couldn't participate in competitive activity.

The Dodgers said Jansen experienced similar "flutters" Thursday night and shortness of breath. He reported to Camelback Ranch-Glendale Friday morning and was taken to the local internist.

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At that time, Jansen underwent a cardio conversion to get rhythm back to his heartbeat by shocking it with electrodes.

Last year, Jansen struck out 96 batters in 53-2/3 innings; that works out to 16.1 strikeouts per nine inning, the all-time record for a pitcher with at least 50 innings. Jansen is slated for set-up duties again this season, but he's obviously got closer written all over him, if he can just stay healthy.

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Kenley Jansen Seeing Doctor Because of 'Possibly Fluttering Heart'

Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers' young strikeout prodigy out of the bullpen, went on the DL with muscle problems last year. Sounds like a typical thing until you realize that the muscle in question was his heart, as he went on the DL with cardiac arrhythmia last July. And on Friday, he's at the doctor's again, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

This would be worrisome for anybody -- pitcher, teacher, or plumber -- but considering the strenuous (and adrenaline-filled) nature of Jansen's job, it's especially worrisome for a problem like this to occur. Last year, Jansen had this to say about his condition:

"It's a little frustrating, but I have to take care of my health first because without my health, I couldn't do anything,'' Jansen said. "I really want to be out there pitching, but I can't do it right now. It's too dangerous.''

With tendon or hamstring issues, it's understandable to wonder how this will affect a player's ability to play baseball. With this, it's first an issue of thinking hoping that the human being in question is all right. Best of luck to Kenley.

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Kenley Jansen Injury: Heart Problem Sends Dodger Reliever To DL

Remember that story I wrote, just a few hours ago, about Kenley Jansen getting out of the hospital and quite possibly pitching this week-end?

Well, not so much:

The #Dodgers placed RHP Kenley Jansen on the 15-day disabled list with a cardiac arrhythmia and recalled RHP Josh Lindblom from Double-A.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Apparently somebody gave somebody else some bad information, and then another somebody (me) took the bad information at face value. Usually this method works out pretty well, because reporters usually don't report stuff that isn't true. But sometimes the system breaks down. This time, for example.

Anyway, it's a shame about Jansen because he's pitched brilliantly since the middle of April and the Dodgers don't exactly need more bad news. Without a long-term prognosis, we can only hope his arrhythmia is easily treatable.

Josh Lindblom's spent this season in Double-A, except when he pitched for the big club in in June, which means he's now skipping Triple-A for the second time this season. Maybe the Dodgers just don't want him pitching in Albuquerque -- the city, not the Tigers pitcher -- where he struggled last season. He's good now, though.

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Kenley Jansen Injury: Released From Hospital, Should Pitch Soon

Tuesday night, Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen was hospitalized after experiencing an irregular heartbeat.

This happened after Jansen recorded his second save of the season (and needed only seven pitches).

Jansen spent Tuesday night in hospital. He spent Wednesday night in the hospital. His heartbeat didn't get back on track with medication. So doctors shocked his heart back into its normal rhythm, by forcing Jansen to stare at scary photos of Jamie McCourt for three hours.

Or maybe there was some machinery involved. We're not sure. Regardless, Jansen was released from hospital Thursday and has been cleared to pitch soon, perhaps Saturday. Which is good for the Dodgers. Since a couple of rough outings in April -- the second of which pushed Jansen's ERA to 11.42 -- Jansen's pitched brilliantly, with 48 strikeouts in 28 innings and a 1.27 ERA.

Fellow right-hander Javy Guerra has handled the closer role with aplomb, but Jansen's big right arm gives Don Mattingly two fantastic options in the late innings.

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Dodgers Reliever Kenley Jansen Hospitalized For Irregular Heartbeat

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen was hospitalized Tuesday night and all day on Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat. After picking up a save against the Rockies on Tuesday night, Jansen told head trainer Stan Conte about a skipped heartbeat, which prompted a trip to the nearby White Memorial Hospital.

Conte said this about the situation:

"It was not an emergency situation, but it was something that had to be looked at right away," Conte said. "Anytime you have an irregular heartbeat, we take it pretty seriously. So we weren't going to let him go home until we knew what was going on.

While Jansen has no longer experienced skipped heartbeats, he is going to have a battery of tests performed on him to determine his playing status. He will remain in the hospital over Wednesday night.  If all goes well, he is expected back with the team on Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com.

Jansen has a 3.65 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 37 innings. He has worked his way into being the seventh- and eighth-inning pitcher for the Dodgers.

For more on the Dodgers, visit True Blue LA and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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