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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen undergoes heart surgery

Oct 23, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

Kenley Jansen AP

Right-hander Kenley Jansen, who missed three weeks down the stretch with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a heart procedure on Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital.

According to the Dodgers, Jansen had ablation surgery to restore his heart’s rhythm. He’s expected to go home Wednesday, and he’ll be able to resume physical activity in 7-10 days.

Jansen had a 2.35 ERA and 25 saves as the Dodgers’ closer this season, though he didn’t get his job back after returning for the final two weeks of the season. One of the league’s most dominant relievers when he’s on, he struck out 99 and allowed just 33 hits in 65 innings of work. There’s a good chance he’ll be restored to the closer’s role next year, though since the Dodgers don’t lack for funds, it’s possible someone more experienced could be brought in, with Jansen then serving as an eighth-inning guy.

  1. phillyfour4four - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Here’s to good health and a speedy recovery

  2. ncphilliesguy - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    An ablation is not surgery, there is no incision, it is done with catheters in the veins.

    • boto58 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      It is a surgery. They make an incision in the leg and snake the tool up the vein into the heart. They then burn a section of heart muscle from the inside to stop the irregular heart beat.

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