Los Angeles Dodgers‘ closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery yesterday to correct an irregular heartbeat that has plagued him in each of the past two seasons.
Each time, Jansen was put on the disabled list, but he managed to avoid surgery and finished out each season. The first time this arose was in late July of 2011 and he was sent to the hospital for further tests.
However, the problem returned late in August of this just completed season. Jansen, was sent back to Los Angeles, and underwent tests from a cardiologist and was then put on the disabled list and listed as ‘out indefinitely’.
He was cleared to pitch September 18th and it was determined that he would have surgery in the off-season to alleviate the problem. He pitched sparingly in the Dodgers’ remaining games as Brandon League took over the closing duties.
According to a statement issued by the Dodgers, the surgery was a success. Jansen’s heart is now beating normally and he was expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.
He is also expected to resume his regular throwing routines this winter with no restrictions. He may even begin to start working in a week’s time. He will be on blood-thinning medication for the next two to three months.
Jansen rose to the role of Dodgers closer last season due mainly to the struggles of previous closer Javy Guerra.
Jansen was quite dominant in his roles, saving 25 games and posting an impressive 2.35 earned run average, before being sidelined in August.