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Kenley Jansen sidelined with more heart problems

Aug 29, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen missed nearly a month of the 2011 season because of a cardiac arrhythmia. And now his heart issues are back.

According to beat reporter Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander was unavailable for Wednesday’s afternoon tilt against the Rockies “because of something to do with his heart.”

Ronald Belisario got the save instead as the Dodgers grabbed a 10-8 victory at Coors Field.

Jansen has registered a fantastic 2.54 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 86/19 K/BB ratio through 56 2/3 innings this season while converting 25 saves in 31 opportunities. There is a chance the 24-year-old will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but for now he’s considered day-to-day.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    So much drama with this team.

    I hope Kenley’s okay. He’s a big, big man, and I’m thinking about Flo Hyman right now.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Flo Hyman had Marfan Syndrome. It’s a genetic defect that adversely affects connective tissue strength, resulting in a number of problems including a tendency towards developing aneurysms. A ruptured aneurysm killed Flo Hyman.

      Manley Jansen has one or more foci of abnormal heart rhythms. He underwent a radioablation last year and may need another. He also has to avoid caffeine and may require medication to help regulate his heartbeat. Fortunately there’s been nothing to indicate possible Marfan or structural abnormalities of the heart.

  2. jkcalhoun - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Dave Flemming just mentioned this news on the Giants’ radio broadcast, so I jumped over here to see if there was a mention of it. For this the rivalry gets put aside: I also hope Kenley will recover quickly and can compete again at full strength very soon.

  3. stampofdisapproval - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Best wishes to Kenley. As great as baseball is, in the big scheme of things, it takes a backseat when it comes to ones health. Good luck, big man. We’re all pulling for you.

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