Jansen will make his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Jansen came away from a live bullpen session with no issues Thursday, clearing the way for the reliever to make his spring debut over the weekend. The 31-year-old has been slow-played thus far in camp as the Dodgers exercise caution following his offseason heart surgery, but Jansen is still fully expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he expects Jansen to make his Cactus League debut at some point next week, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Even in what amounted to a subpar 2018 season by his lofty standards, Jansen still delivered a 3.01 ERA, 0.99 ERA and a 38-for-42 success rate in save chances to remain one of baseball's elite end gamers. While he dealt with a recurrence of the irregular heartbeat he had experienced earlier in his career, Jansen is confident that the cardiac procedure he underwent in November will provide a permanent fix. The Dodgers still chose to exercise caution with Jansen's usage in the first two weeks of spring, but he now looks ready to test himself in a game setting after building up his arm through bullpen and live-batting practice sessions over the last couple of weeks.
Jansen threw his first offseason bullpen session Thursday and is feeling normal following November heart surgery, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Reports earlier in the offseason suggested things were going well for Jansen following a procedure to fix his irregular heartbeat, and it appears that things are continuing to trend in the right direction. Jansen is off his heart medication and does not expect to be affected by the issue moving forward. Assuming the problems don't resurface, expect him to continue being one of the top closers in the game in 2019.
Jansen (chest) is expected to start working out Monday at Dodger Stadium following heart surgery earlier this week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Everything seems to be going as planned for Jansen following his procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, so there shouldn't be any concern over his status heading into this upcoming spring. Aside from facing live hitters, he's been cleared to resume all baseball activities. In addition, Jansen spoke to MLB Network on Wednesday morning and emphasized that he won't have any problems pitching in the high-altitude conditions of Colorado in the future while mentioning that he will receive fluids each day the team is in Denver to make sure he's hydrated. All in all, Jansen said he's feeling great and is excited to get his heart rate up by getting back on the field next week. He should be considered one of the top ninth-inning options in 2019 and beyond.
Jansen (chest) is doing well and is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery on his heart Monday. Jansen went under the knife to fix an irregular heartbeat that caused him trouble during the 2018 season. The procedure went as expected, and the 31-year-old closer remains on pace to take the field for spring training and to be ready for Opening Day.