Kenley Jansen is optimistic he can return to the Dodgers in August

first_imgWhen Jansen underwent an ablation procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat in October 2012, he did not expect to need another. Now, Jansen said, “there’s a high percentage that I will have to go do that surgery again.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The procedure carries a three-month recovery period, Jansen said, but he will have the luxury of waiting until after the season if need be.Jansen said he had just finished eating breakfast at a hotel in Denver when he felt the familiar symptoms of atrial fibrillation.“I kind of waited for 15 minutes to see if it would go back in,” Jansen said. “It didn’t go back in. I then called the trainers. They started talking to doctors; 30 minutes (went) by and I decided to call 9-1-1, just tell them the whole story.”After being taken to a local hospital, Jansen said his heart was treated with an electrical shock. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Kenley Jansen’s short-term prognosis looks good. The Dodgers’ closer will meet with his cardiologist, Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, on Aug. 20. Manager Dave Roberts expects to have Jansen back on a mound “soon after that.”That’s a much better outlook than the initial expectation of a 4-to-6 week recovery period dating from last Thursday, when Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat in Denver. He’s been on the 10-day disabled list since.“The minute that they shocked me back in,” Jansen said, “I was feeling better.”Long term? That’s a different story. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Since then, Jansen said he continues to take prescription blood thinners. He can still work out and run lightly. Monday, he threw a light bullpen session at Dodger Stadium. Jansen plans to throw with greater intensity on Wednesday, travel with the team to Seattle, and throw another bullpen there Friday.“We’re encouraged that it’s not going to be the four-to-six weeks that we expected,” Roberts said. “Talking to (Jansen) in person, to hear it in his voice and see the look in his eyes … I saw the confidence.”As the Dodgers tussle for playoff position, Jansen’s absence looms large. They ended the week by losing three consecutive games to the Colorado Rockies, each by one run. A different relief pitcher suffered the loss each time.The Dodgers are scheduled to play in Denver again Sept. 7-9. Will Jansen make the trip if he’s ready?“I’m going back to Denver,” he said. “I’m going back. You can’t be scared of life, man. I’m going back. I’m going to go get over that hump and I’m going to pitch again over there.”Jansen has suffered physical problems in Denver prior to last week. Altitude, however, might not be his only trigger.Since his 2012 ablation procedure, Jansen said he has not smoked, avoided caffeine, and limited his alcohol intake to “a little wine or alcohol but very, very rare.” He said that he drank water immediately before experiencing his symptoms last Thursday.But the day before, when the Dodgers played a Wednesday night game in Oakland, Jansen reported symptoms of diarrhea. As Wednesday became Thursday, he believes he might not have consumed enough water to compensate for the change in elevation.Consider it a lesson learned – again.“If I’m back, able to pitch and if we have to be in Denver, I’ll probably pitch there again,” Jansen said.BULLPEN SHUFFLERoberts remains committed to a closer-by-matchup committee in Jansen’s absence. Some nights, like Monday, there might be no obvious candidate to close.“You look at usage. (John) Axford’s a guy who’s done it, but he threw two innings (Sunday) so he’s not going to pitch (Monday),” Roberts said. “You have to look at who your options are that particular night.”The Dodgers activated right-hander Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioned switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Monday’s game against the Giants. Venditte did not appear in a game in his most recent major league stint.Right-hander Ross Stripling will join the mix Tuesday, five days after his most recent start. Right-hander Kenta Maeda will join the bullpen on Wednesday.ALSOLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu threw off a bullpen mound Monday, his final tune-up before returning from the disabled list Wednesday. … Julio Urías is scheduled to start for Double-A Tulsa sometime during a three-game homestand beginning Tuesday night. … Outfield prospect Carlos Rincon was named the California League Player of the Week after going 8 for 22 (.364) with six home runs in six games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Yasmani Grandal will catch Alex Wood on Tuesday night, Roberts said.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 7-6, 3.58 ERA) vs. Giants (LHP Andrew Suarez, 4-8, 4.64 ERA), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more