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Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen Out Indefinitely with Irregular Heartbeat

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April 25, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) returns to the dugout following the top of the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers won their series opener in Colorado, 8-5 on Thursday, though they were short-handed in their bullpen. Instead of using Kenley Jansen in the ninth, the Dodgers depended on Scott Alexander to pick up the save. That is because Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat.

Dave Roberts announced that Jansen would head back to Los Angeles to be visited by a cardiologist. Jansen will not pitch in this series in Colorado and a timetable has not been set for his return.

The Dodgers’ closer has dealt with this health issue in the past. He was sidelined in 2011 and 2012 because of an irregular heartbeat. Jansen’s irregular heartbeat in 2012 came after an outing in Colorado. He also underwent a heart procedure in October 2012.

Jansen is posting a 2.15 ERA with an NL leading 32 saves this season.

*UPDATE*

Analysis

More than anything, Kenley Jansen’s health comes first. Although it has not been an issue in recent years, Jansen’s irregular heartbeat is a chronic issue, and one that has limited him in the past. He missed about a month when he dealt with this issue back in 2012.

The fact that Dodgers’ closer has previously dealt with this issue in Colorado gives an indication that the high altitude and thin air has a negative effect on Jansen’s health. The Dodgers will visit the Mile High City again in September, though even if Jansen is back by then, Dave Roberts will likely be cautious with his closer.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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