Braves closer Kenley Jansen will miss a couple of weeks because of an irregular heartbeat, a condition he has dealt with throughout his long and successful career.
On Tuesday, the Braves recalled right-handed reliever, Jess Cruz, from Triple-A Gwinnett and put Jansen on the 15-day injured list. On Monday afternoon, before Atlanta left for Philadelphia, Jansen felt his heart get out of rhythm.
The 34-year-old superstar has long dealt with atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib. This is a condition caused by an extremely fast heartbeat.
At an event to promote heart health and awareness, Jansen recently shared about his heart condition, here’s what the athlete said:
“I’ve learned a lot about the heart. I just have to be on top of my game and make sure my blood pressure stays low, because if my blood pressure gets really high or spikes that could cause another episode.”
Kenley Janson will now be sticking it in the Braves rivals’ butts. pic.twitter.com/xUPvgNFJ09
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In 2018 after being taken to a hospital in the Denver area in August of that year due to an abnormal heartbeat, Jansen previously underwent corrective heart surgery in November of that same year. He underwent a catheter ablation in the left atrium of his heart during the 2012 offseason to cauterize the affected region and stop it from producing aberrant electrical signals.
“He’s been dealing with it for a long time,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I think after dealing with it for a couple days, he’ll start throwing and keeping his arm strong.”
The majority of the upcoming two weeks will be devoted to catching games and bullpen sessions for Jansen. When he becomes eligible to leave the disabled list on July 12, it is anticipated that he will be prepared.
“I don’t think there is anything to lead us to believe it will be more than that,” Snitker said.
His absence this year may be just a couple of days longer, as the minimum stay for a pitcher on the injured list has since moved from 10 days to 15 days.
Atlanta recalled right-hander Jesús Cruz to take Jansen’s place on the active roster. The move is retroactive to Monday, June 27.
The #Braves today recalled RHP Jesús Cruz to Atlanta and placed RHP Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list with an irregular heartbeat, backdated to June 27.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 28, 2022