Kenley Jansen winning battle with heart condition

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has put some serious health concerns behind him. (Getty Images)

In the words of Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is "completely recovered" after undergoing heart surgery last October to treat a recurring cardiac arrhythmia.

"I'm doing well," Jansen told Plunkett. "This is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God's hands now."

Plunkett also notes Jansen was able to go off blood thinners ahead of schedule and has already begun his preseason throwing program.

Jansen is the closest thing the Dodgers have to a shutdown reliever. Last season, Jansen posted a 2.35 ERA in 65 innings, and he also struck out 39.3 percent of opposing hitters. For his career, Jansen has a 2.22 ERA to go with 236 strikeouts and 61 unintentional walks in 145 2/3 innings.

Most of all, this is excellent news for Jansen on a personal level.

(HT: Hardball Talk)

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