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Kenley Jansen after heart surgery: “I feel so much better now”

Oct 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Kenley Jansen AP

Kenley Jansen underwent surgery last week to address his irregular heartbeat and the Dodgers closer felt good enough to participate in a charity event yesterday.

Jansen has missed time during the past two seasons because of the irregular heartbeat and was forced to take blood thinners this season, but told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he already feels significantly different:

I feel so much better now than I did at the end of the season. I was dragging all day long at the end. I can tell I’ve got so much more energy. … I’m feeling so good. It wasn’t scary at all. I just wanted to get it over with. I feel it’s a relief and it will be good for me for the rest of my life. I just wanted to get it done, and I know this doctor is one of the great experts and I have a lot of confidence in him.

That’s great to hear, because Jansen is an incredible pitcher and at age 25 has an extremely bright future ahead of him as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. That he’s been able to post a 2.22 ERA with 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings despite his energy level waning should be a pretty scary thought for NL hitters.

  1. jarathen - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Great news. The surgery description was scary, and I’m glad it went well.

  2. lew24 - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    That’s awesome! Speedy recovery KJ!

  3. manchestermiracle - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    That’s great. Now if we can just get some of the other Dodgers to show more heart next season.

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