Jansen feels good after heart surgery
In this Oct. 17 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen throws during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has dropped 25 pounds since the end of last season and threw his first bullpen session Thursday since a heart procedure in November.
The procedure, known as an ablation, was Jansen’s second heart operation in six years. It came after he experienced an atrial fibrillation episode in Denver this past August.
“I definitely feel great. Ready to roll,” Jansen said at the team’s Fanfest on Saturday. Jansen, who had 38 saves in 42 chances last year and a career-high 3.01 ERA, said he will be ready to go by Opening Day.
The big right-hander gave up seven runs in his first four games after missing time in August and then blew both of his save opportunities in the World Series.
“I’m not happy at all by that year I had last year, so that’s motivation for me,” Jansen said. “Every year you can get better. Even if I have a good year this year, next year I
LSaturday was warm and sunny and hopeful for Dodgers Fanfest 2019.
It was 76 degrees at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 28, too.
But 76 never felt so dreary and cold and miserable as it did watching the Boston Red Sox despoil Dodger Stadium with their World Series celebration.
Joe Kelly was wearing red that night.
He was back Saturday in Dodger Blue, a proud son of the Inland Empire and Uc-riverside finally home after years of servitude in St. Louis and Boston.
“They had fanfests in Boston and St. Louis,” Kelly said after confirming all is forgiven for overwhelming Dodger batters in the (prat)fall Classic. “But nothing like THIIIIIIS.”
There were interviews and selfie stations and autographs and more interviews and, of course, official team store locations all over the field at Dodger Stadium.
There were new faces, like assistant hitting coach and Lancaster Jethawks Hall of Famer Aaron Bates.
Then there was new outfielder A.J. Pollock, signed as a free agent from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pollock won National League Player of the Month honors for April by hitting hitting nine home runs against the Dodgers.
The most he hit against anyone else? Three.
“He took me deep a few times,” Dodgers all-star righthander Ross Stripling said with a wince. ‘I’m going to enjoy watching him take somebody else deep this season.”
Pollock gives the Dodgers the righthanded bat they so desperately need.
“I always thought I would be a good fit over here,” said Pollock, a big part of the intensifying Dodgers-dbacks rivalry. “But now that it’s happened?
doing better —