When Kenley Jansen had heart problems resurface late in the 2018 season, Coors Field was the culprit. Next, news came out that Jansen would not be traveling to Colorado while finishing out the year with the Dodgers.
Jansen recently completed successful heart surgery. Upon his recovery, he remarked on his future; namely how he will handle when the Dodgers travel to Colorado to play the Rockies.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said he expects to pitch again in Colorado after Monday's successful heart procedure, but must take precautions to avoid dehydration. Jansen skipped the club's September series at Coors Field because of a heart condition he now believes is "fixed."
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 28, 2018
Jansen’s comments are of an inspiring and fearless nature. It sounds like after some work, he’s going to be a full go in the Mile High City moving forward.
He said they he will need to exercise precaution, especially when he is in a high-altitude location like Colorado, taking care to stay hydrated.
“I’m an athlete, I still have to go to Colorado. You can’t be 100 percent that it won’t ever happen,” Jansen said. “But this is the second time I’m doing this procedure. Once you do it twice, you will be in better shape, so your heart’s not going to have to go through it again.”
Moreover, if Jansen having a heart procedure completed for a second time is going to lead to improved conditioning on his end; this negative will turn positive quickly. A tenacious and rejuvenated Jansen will be a shot in the arm for the 2019 Dodgers.
Jansen has logged 268 lifetime saves with the Dodgers. By the sounds of it, there are a lot more to come before he tallies his final one.
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