Kenley Jansen‘s heart is now beating at a normal rhythm after a three hour procedure corrected his irregular heartbeat. The ablation surgery is an invasive procedure which is used to remove the faulty pathways from the heart for those who suffer from cardiac arrhythmias. The abnormal tissue was mapped out and then cauterized or burned to halt the faulty electrical signals sent from that area of his heart. Jansen will stay overnight in the hospital, and he should be discharged Wednesday.
Although Kenley will have to be on blood thinners for the next two or three months, he will be able to start working out in 7-10 days without any restrictions. He’ll be able to pitch and work out this winter, and he should be fine for Spring Training.
Jansen has had two scares with irregular heartbeat problems. The first one landed him on the disabled list, and he was placed on blood-thinning medication in July 2011. In August of this year, Jansen’s heart problem resurfaced forcing him to be placed back on blood thinners. He wasn’t able to pitch for about a month each time.
David Vassegh said Jansen was nervous before the procedure in his tweet which said:
I’ve been in contact with Jansen last few days and he was in good spirits, but I think he was nervous last night as can be expected.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) October 23, 2012
The 25-year old reliever saved 25 games for the Dodgers this year, and he was the primary closer after Javy Guerra struggled early in the season. He finished the
year with a 5-3 record and a 2.35 ERA in 65 games. The native of Curacao struck out 99 batters in 65 innings pitched while only walking 22. Kenley’s 13. 71 strikeouts per nine innings was third in the Majors among pitchers who at least threw 60 innings. Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman were ranked first and second respectively. He was tenth in saves in the National League among relievers and eighth in ERA.
Brandon League took over closing duties after Jansen’s heart condition returned. The Dodgers have said they will try to resign League, but if they don’t Kenley will most likely be the closer for the Dodgers next season. We are sending Kenley positive thoughts during his recovery.