Before Thursday’s game, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen went to a hospital in Colorado with an irregular heartbeat. This is something he’s dealt with in the past, but that doesn’t make it any less serious.
Friday, per ESPN’s Buster Olney, we now know the severity. For now.
“Sources: Kenley Jansen is expected to miss about a month as he goes through treatment for his irregular heartbeat.”
Sounds like it could be much worse, right? Back in 2011, Jansen would spend a month on the DL while treating his irregular heartbeat with blood-thinning medication. He eventually underwent a procedure in October 2012 to normalize the heartbeat. Now it looks like it’s back. Fortunately, missing a month doesn’t sound too serious. That said, by nature, heart issues are very serious.
We hope for nothing but the best for Jansen going forward.
In the meantime, the Dodgers are 64-52 and in a tie for first in the NL West. The Arizona Diamondbacks hold the tiebreaker over them at the moment, though. However, the Dodgers are right on the heels of both the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card race.
Needless to say, hold onto your butts.
Jansen is level with Colorado’s Wade Davis for most saves in the NL (32). Unlike Davis, he’s still one of the most reliable relievers in the entire league. In 54.1 innings this season, Jansen holds a 2.15 ERA, 3.97 FIP and 2.35 DRA. His current DRA would be the highest mark of his career if the season came to and end today. That’s pretty good!
What is slightly worrisome is that his strikeout rate is down to 28.4 percent. Over the past three years, that’s been sitting above 40 percent. His walk rate is up too, but only to 6.5 percent. That’s manageable. Down the stretch, the Dodgers would like to have Jansen. They have the league’s 12th-best bullpen ERA with him. Without him, it could be a long month.
But all that matters is that he’s healthy. Hopefully this setback doesn’t become anything too serious.