Kenley Jansen Jun 23, 2022; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 MLB season has been a mixed bag for Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, who is playing his first year in Atlanta after spending 12 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He currently has a 3.58 ERA which is certainly solid but does have four blown saves on the year, which is the second-most in the MLB.

Jansen is certainly crucial to the Braves success this season as they attempt to return to the playoffs and possibly go back-to-back after their World Series championship in 2021.

Some unfortunate news struck Jansen and the Braves on Tuesday that could be detrimental to their success moving forward.

The Braves placed Jansen on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday with an irregular heartbeat.

The team also recalled pitcher Jesús Cruz from Triple-A to replace Jansen while he is on the injured list.

It is not the first time that Jansen has experienced this issue, undergoing corrective heart surgery in 2018 after a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat prompted him to be admitted to the hospital.

This issue dates back to 2012 when he underwent a cardiac ablation in 2012 to fix abnormal tissue in the left atrium of his heart, which has stemmed an irregular heartbeat multiple times over the past few years.

Anything to do with a heart problem is certainly a scary issue for anyone, and many around the MLB world are hoping that this is no big deal and Jensen gets healthy as soon as possible.

While on the surface this seems like a super concerning issue for Jensen, it appears that the Braves appear optimistic he will be able to return to the field quickly.

Braves beat writer Justin Toscano reported on Tuesday that Jensen will still be able to throw bullpen sessions while on the injured list and that the organization is expecting this to be a short stint on the injured list for Jensen.

That is certainly promising, and we can all hope that Jensen is able to get this issue sorted out and get back on the baseball field as soon as possible.

[Atlanta Braves, ESPN]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.