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Kenley Jansen undergoes surgery to correct irregular heartbeat

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen had cardiac ablation surgery on Oct. 23 to repair an irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him in each of the last two seasons.

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Kenley Jansen set for heart surgery

Surgery to resolve an irregular heartbeat that cost the Dodgers' closer portions of the past two seasons will shelve the right hander for three months.

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Kenley Jansen cleared to pitch Tuesday for Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are awaiting word on the status of their best starting pitcher after Clayton Kershaw met with a hip specialist in New York on Tuesday, but they got good news on their best reliever. Kenley Jansen has been cleared to pitch as the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

Jansen was hospitalized in Denver on Aug. 27 with an irregular heartbeat, a recurrence of a condition that sidelined him for four weeks last season. Jansen was shut down after getting put on blood thinners, but was able to throw his bullpen sessions and continue to workout with the team. He just couldn't risk pitching in a game while on blood thinners, for fear of getting hit by a ball causing internal bleeding.

After meeting with doctors last week, Jansen was taken off blood thinners on Friday, and given the weekend to make sure the medication was out of his system. While sidelined, Jansen was anxious to return.

"It's hard, it's frustrating. I don't want to think about it anymore. But you have to take care of your health first, and that's what I did," Jansen said last Friday. "I just have to get my mind back into that focus, and get ready for Tuesday."

Jansen is 5-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 25 saves this season, with 86 strikeouts and 19 walks in 56 2/3 innings.

Manager Don Mattingly said Jansen would be his closer, though he would prefer to bring him into a game in a non-save situation first, just to get him used to pitching again.

For more news on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers expect Kenley Jansen, Elbert back soon

The Los Angeles Dodgers will get a boost to their bullpen soon with Kenley Jansen and Scott Elbert both close to returning from injury.

Jansen has been out since the end of August with an irregular heartbeat. He is scheduled to meet with team doctors on Friday, hoping to be taken off the blood thinners he's been taking. If all goes well, Jansen could travel with the Dodgers on their 10-game road trip and would be eligible to pitch on Tuesday.

Elbert has been has been on the disabled list since August 29 with elbow inflammation. He is scheduled to throw his second simulated game on Friday and if all goes well he could be activated this weekend according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

"If he's good, we'll probably roll with him," Mattingly said.

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Kenley Jansen could return in 2 weeks

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen could return pitching to the team in two weeks, he learned today. Jansen met with doctors regarding his irregular heartbeat and is being kept out an extra 10 days or so as a precaution after taking blood thinning medication.

Jansen was hospitalized last week for a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat, an injury that sidelined him for four weeks in 2011. He has been able to throw bullpen sessions and take part in regular cardiovascular activity, but can't pitch in games for fear he would be hit by a ball. Doctors advised Jansen to miss the next 10 days or so, then he will be re-evaluated. He is expected to be ready to pitch when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Washington D.C. against the Nationals on Sept. 18.

Jansen will also likely have offseason surgery to correct the irregular heartbeat, but the procedure, called cardiac ablation, is not invasive. Jansen would presumably be ready for spring training after the surgery.

If anything the news was a relief to Jansen, who could have been shut down for the season on Tuesday.

"It's definitely a relief," Jansen said. "It's not something you want to worry about."

In the meantime the Dodgers will use a combination of Ronald Belisario and Brandon League to close games.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen awaits fate Tuesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers will found out Tuesday whether or not they have the services of closer Kenley Jansen, who hasn't pitched in a week after suffering a recurrence of a heart condition in Colorado. He will meet with team doctors Tuesday to find out if he can pitch again this season.

Jansen was hospitalized in Denver on Aug. 27 with an irregular heartbeat, the same condition that sidelined him for 28 days last season. Jansen also missed a few days during spring training this year with the same condition.

Jansen has been pitching bullpen sessions, running and doing all the regular activity he would normally do, but because he is on blood thinning medication he cannot risk pitching in games and possibly getting hit by a ball. Jansen is anxious to pitch again, and trying to stay focused on the positive before Tuesday's doctor appointment.

"I try not to think about it. I'm trying to stay positive," he said.

Jansen is 5-3 with a 2.54 and 25 saves in 56 games for the Dodgers this season, with a whopping 86 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. In the last week, both Ronald Belisario and Brandon League have saved games with Jansen unavailable.

But even with expanded rosters and two extra pitchers in the Dodgers' bullpen, manager Don Mattingly feels something missing with Jansen out.

"Every day I feel like I'm down a guy, the way I'm having to use the back end right now," Mattingly said.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.

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Kenley Jansen to find out fate Tuesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers got some good news on Friday regarding closer Kenley Jansen, as he threw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium just three days after getting hospitalized for a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. The Dodgers will know Tuesday whether or not Jansen can pitch again this season.

Jansen has an appointment scheduled Tuesday with team physicians, who will determine his future.

"We don't know what's going to happen with Kenley on Tuesday," said manager Don Mattingly on Friday. "They could tell us he could get ready to pitch, or that he's no longer available."

Because he is on blood thinners, the earliest Jansen could pitch is Friday, September 7 in San Francisco against the Giants. If he is deemed unavailable, he will be out for the remainder of the season.

"He can do everything pretty much that everyone else can do, but he can't do it while they're out there. He can't risk the chance of getting hit by a ball," Mattingly said.

Jansen spent 28 days on the disabled list last season for the same condition, and missed a few days in spring training this year with a recurrence.

For more discussion and analysis of the Dodgers, please check out True Blue LA.

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