Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen undergoes heart procedure

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Guys, I’m fine,” a groggy Jansen said to the camera on a video posted from his hospital bed with Christmas music playing in the background. “Anesthesia is finally getting out of my system so I’m doing good, enjoying the Christmas spirit. We’ll see you guys soon in 2019. Stronger than ever.”Jansen’s recovery time is expected to be anywhere from two to eight weeks depending on how extensive the work the doctors did Monday was. Regardless, Jansen is expected to recover in time to be a full participant at the start of spring training in mid-February.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said recently the expectation was there would be “a limited amount of downtime where he’ll be able to start working out again. It won’t interfere with his (offseason) throwing program at all.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I think his delivery got out of whack after the hamstring is my theory. He and Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) worked hard to get it back in sync. I think there were periods where he synced up well and I think there were periods where his delivery got a little out of whack. But I know that’s something he’s focused on this offseason and I expect him to return as the best closer in baseball.“From our standpoint, his stuff was more a result of the delivery than it was diminished arm strength. We saw when he synced his delivery up the ball came out very similarly, and it wasn’t just a reduction in velocity. So we are optimistic about next year.” LOS ANGELES — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent a a second ablation procedure Monday as anticipated, vowing to be “stronger than ever” next season after the surgery.The procedure was similar to the one Jansen underwent following the 2012 season. During an ablation procedure, a catheter is passed to the heart and radiofrequency energy is used to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing an irregular heartbeat.Jansen had an episode of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) in August and put off the surgery until after the season, skipping a series in Colorado because it was feared the altitude might trigger another episode.Jansen posted a message to his Twitter account Monday afternoon, thanking fans for “good thoughts, kind messages and prayers.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Jansen struggled through an uneven season in 2018 – in part because of the downtime necessitated by his heart issues but also due to a hamstring injury suffered during a spring training that saw the Dodgers ease his workload. He finished with 38 saves in 42 opportunities, his lowest save total since 2015. His 3.01 ERA and 13 home runs allowed were career-highs. He had a 1.69 ERA in nine postseason appearances, but he blew two saves during the Dodgers’ World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox.“I think his delivery got out of whack a little bit,” Friedman said of Jansen’s season. “It’s something we all lose sight of until it’s right in front of your face. But he had the hamstring injury in spring training and I think sometimes when you come back from that, subconsciously you can make changes. Then it sort of becomes muscle memory and they can be very subtle. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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