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Kenley Jansen could return early next week

Sep 13, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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We live in a strange world. A guy has a bum calf? Out for weeks or months. A guy has a freaking heart problem? No worries, bro:

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said he’s significantly improved from his diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat and could return to action next Tuesday night when the club opens a three-game series at Washington.

“I’ve just been trying to stay in shape and stay sharp. I’m feeling great,” Jansen said prior to Wednesday night’s game against the D-backs at Chase Field. “

He can’t pitch until he’s a couple of days off the blood thinners he’s taking, but that ends on Friday. In the offseason he’s to undergo a procedure to correct his heart rhythm.

Viva medical science.

  1. Joe - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    This is a world where baseball players miss full seasons with concussions, while football players miss practice with concussions.

    • blabidibla - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Football players careers end on concussions. Ask Steve Young.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Also Merrill Hoge and Troy Aikman.

  2. gunpowderjones - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Football players also wear helmets, so maybe their concussions aren’t as bad. Look at Sidney Crosby.

    Anyway, that makes sense, as I’ve never pulled up lame with an irregular heartbeat. This is apples to applewood smoked bacon.

  3. blabidibla - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I’ve never heard a reasoning for why they didn’t DL him. any ideas?

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