Mar 7, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Irregular Heartbeat Sends Kenley Jansen to Doctor

Kenley Jansen complained of shortness of breath and had heart palpitations Thursday night which he described as “fluttering.” When his symptoms persisted into early this morning, he was sent to the doctor as a precaution.

Jansen suffered from an irregular heartbeat last season, and he missed a month of the season when he had to be briefly hospitalized and placed on blood thinners.

Sue Falsone, the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer, said that it could be nothing and he could be back working out today, or it could be something that needs to continued to be monitored.

Kenley altered his diet at the end of last season, and he has cut down on fatty foods and caffeine. This is the first recurrence of an irregular heartbeat for him since last season.

Jansen was slotted to pitch Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

*Update* It is reported that Jansen is back in camp, and he has been cleared by doctors to work out. He says he feels good now, but he was scared when his heart was pounding early this morning.

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