(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will be out indefinitely due to a heart-related problem the team recently announced.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that Jansen is experiencing issues related to an irregular heartbeat. Jansen was sidelined for a month last season for the same condition.
The 24-year-old was admitted to a hospital Tuesday and has yet to give the Dodgers permission to fully discuss his heart ailment. He had to go on the disabled list last season after he was forced to take blood thinners in order to properly treat the condition. If he needs to take blood thinners once again, the team fears his season could be over.
In his third season with the Dodgers, Jansen has been stellar for the Dodgers coming out of the bullpen. In 56 games, Janses was 5-3 with 25 saves along with a 2.54 ERA.
It it unknown at this time who will take over for Jansen as the team’s closer.
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