It looks as if the Dodgers will be getting Kenley Jansen back sooner than expected.
After his meeting with a cardiologist, Jansen has been cleared to pitch and will be activated prior to Monday’s game.
According to Jansen, everything went well at his doctor’s appointment.
This is great news for the Dodgers, as the bullpen has struggled in his absence. Multiple players got the ball in the ninth inning, but none were truly able to establish themselves in the role or gain confidence from Dave Roberts.
Since Jansen last pitched, the bullpen has an ERA of 5.17. In the ninth inning, the bullpen ERA was 8.64
While in Colorado, Jansen experienced an irregular heartbeat. He was sent back home to LA for further tests.
Initially, it was ruled Jansen was expected to miss four to six weeks. In the end, he missed less than two.
Last Friday, the right-hander threw about 20 pitches during his bullpen session. After the session, Jansen said he felt good.
According to Jansen, he believes there’s a 90 percent chance he’ll undergo another ablation procedure in the off-season. He’ll continue to take his heart medication every day, but not the blood thinners.
On the season, Kenley has 32 saves and a 2.15 ERA. He has 61 strikeouts in 54 1⁄3 innings.
After getting off to a rough start, Jansen has nearly been lights out. Since April 21, he owns a 1.32 ERA, the second best in the NL during that stretch. His WHIP of 0.80 has been the best in the national league.