Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen leaves camp with heart problems

Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen has left camp and is being examined by doctors after experiencing an irregular heartbeat.

Last season, Jansen didn’t pitch for nearly a month after experiencing some fluttering in his heart after a 3-2 victory against the Rockies. Last night, it was reported that Jansen had some shortness of breath issues, and that he has a recurrence of heart palpitations.

Jansen was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball last season, striking out 96 batters in 53 2/3 innings. He saved five games for the Dodgers, and was expected to compete with Javy Guerra for LA’s closer job this  spring.

It goes without saying that this really hurts the Dodgers if Jansen will miss some substantial time, and I really hope he gets the help that he needs for his heart instead of trying to tough it out and just go full-bore back into camp. That really might not end well.

[h/t: Hardball Talk]

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