Jansen feels good af­ter heart surgery

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By DOUG PADILLA

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?

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