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Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers camp after being checked for heart palpitations

Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.”

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Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing similar symptoms.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jansen “had shortness of breath last night” and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that he “had a recurrence of heart palpitations.”

Last year Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 victory on July 26. He was released from the hospital two days later, but didn’t pitch again until August 26. And then he was unhittable down the stretch, throwing 17 innings with a 1.08 ERA and ridiculous 35/5 K/BB ratio and .127 opponents’ batting average.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Yikes, that sounds terrifying. I hope they can pinpoint what is wrong b/c this is career threatening stuff, I would think.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Doesn’t sound like this guy was examined nearly thoroughly enough. This kind of thing can kill someone. How much did McCourt jack the deductible on the team’s health insurance last year?

    • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      What a relief, sort of a false alarm. No more Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues for Kenley. He apparently can’t handle them.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        Gator, if that were the case, I’d have to think long and hard about whether the treatment was worth it.

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