Atlanta Braves’ Kenley Jansen put on IL with irregular heartbeat

The Atlanta Braves have put Kenley Jansen closer to the 15-day injury list with an irregular heartbeat, the team announced Tuesday.

The move is retroactive to Monday.

Jansen underwent corrective heart surgery — his second procedure — in November 2018 after a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat led to his being admitted to a Denver hospital in early August 2018.

He first underwent cardiac ablation in 2012, during which abnormal tissue in the left atrium of his heart was cauterized to stop abnormal electrical signals from being produced.

Jansen, 34, gave up two runs in the ninth heat to lose a 2-0 lead in an 11-inning, 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. It was Jansen’s fourth missed save in 24 chances.

The right-hander, who signed a $16 million contract with the Braves in March after spending his first 12 MLB seasons with the Dodgers, is 4-0 and 20 saves this season. He has a 3.58 ERA and 47 strikeouts.

Will Smith or AJ Minter could be called upon to finish games in Jansen’s absence.

The Braves recalled Jesus Cruz to take Jansen’s spot on the active roster. In other moves, left-hander Tyler Matzek will begin a rehab stint at Class A Augusta Tuesday night, and right-hander Jay Jackson will continue his rehab stint at Triple-A Gwinnett.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34161447/atlanta-braves-kenley-jansen-put-il-irregular-heartbeat Atlanta Braves’ Kenley Jansen put on IL with irregular heartbeat

Emma Bowman

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