When we last saw Kenley Jansen – he was closing out the Dodgers 5-1 loss in the final game of the 2018 World Series. Now, we get a Jansen health update per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Kenley will undergo heart surgery on November 26th the closer said on Friday.
His recovery could be anywhere from two to eight weeks. Nevertheless, the good news is that he will be fully recovered for Spring Training.
Kenley Jansen will have heart surgery Nov. 26. Recovery best case is two weeks, but could be eight weeks. Should be ready for Spring Training either way.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 16, 2018
In this case – Jansen is similar to when he takes the ball in the ninth inning with a lead. Fearless.
“If we don’t find anything, so let’s say they go in and nothing happens, everything is good, I will be done in two weeks,” Jansen said. “But if something is abnormal, then I’ll be down for eight weeks. … But I still can do all my [offseason work] to get ready for Opening Day.”
For the first time in many years – Kenley was human in 2018. While he was able to lock down 38 saves, his ERA finished at 3.01 on the year. This came attached with 13 home runs allowed, the highest total allowed in any season of his career. Still, his WHIP was 0.99 and his strikeouts per nine was over ten.
Of course, Jansen is penciled into the closer’s role for 2019. We wish him a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
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