Leaner Jansen ready to com­pete again for Dodgers in 2019

The Tribune (SLO) - - Weather - BY BILL PLUN­KETT

GLEN­DALE, ARIZ.

Ken­ley Jansen’s car­di­ol­o­gist had an un­ex­pected sug­ges­tion for the Los An­ge­les Dodgers closer last fall.

Af­ter a re­cur­rence of atrial fib­ril­la­tion last Au­gust, Jansen ex­pected to un­dergo surgery af­ter the sea­son, his se­cond pro­ce­dure in six years to ad­dress the is­sue. But even af­ter ex­am­in­ing Jansen, Dr. Koon­lawee Nade­ma­nee told Jansen he was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time pin­point­ing which part of Jansen’s heart had caused the ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat episode and sus­pected it was a com­bi­na­tion of de­hy­dra­tion and the alti­tude in Den­ver that had been the main fac­tors.

“For him, he didn’t even want to do that surgery,” said Jansen whose heart was shocked back into rhythm dur­ing the Au­gust episode. “He wanted me to go to Colorado and work out for a month to see if it would come back.

“He said go for a month, work out for a month and see if you get back into a-fib. … I said, ‘Naw, let’s do the surgery.’ ”

Jansen un­der­went the catheter ab­la­tion pro­ce­dure in late Novem­ber. Af­ter­ward, Nade­ma­nee told him that some very small veins near the site of his 2012 pro­ce­dure had grown, were ag­i­tated by de­hy­dra­tion and were re­spon­si­ble for send­ing the ir­reg­u­lar sig­nals.

“‘Just go out and play,’ ” Jansen said Nade­ma­nee told him af­ter surgery.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence made Jansen more aware of his health. He has dropped 25 pounds and low­ered his blood pres­sure.

Af­ter throw­ing a bullpen ses­sion Wed­nes­day, Jansen said his pitches seemed to have more life this spring than they did at times last sea­son. The ve­loc­ity on Jansen’s cut fast­ball dipped last year.

“I’ve got to prove ev­ery­body wrong,” he said. “That’s all I want to do.”

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