Philadelphia – Braves closerKenley JansenHe will miss two weeks due to an irregular heartbeat, a condition he has dealt with throughout his long and successful career.
The Braves put Jansen on their 15-day casualty list and called up right-hander Jesus Cruz of Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. Jansen felt his heart skip a beat before Atlanta flew to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.
“He’s been dealing with it for a long time,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “I think after dealing with it for a few days, he’ll start throwing and keep his arm strong.”
Jansen will spend most of the next few weeks playing catch and completing Bullpen sessions. The expectation is that he will be ready when he is eligible to be taken off the injured list on July 12.
“I don’t think there’s anything that leads us to believe it’s going to be more than that,” Snicker said.
Janssen has long dealt with atrial fibrillation, better known as AFib. This is a condition caused by a very fast heartbeat. The 34-year-old underwent a catheter ablation in the left atrium of his heart after the 2012 season to cauterize the damaged area and prevent it from generating abnormal electrical signals.
When Janssen was sidelined in 2018, he was discontinued on August 8 and featured again with the Dodgers on August 20. The list has since moved from 10 days to 15 days.
Jansen underwent another resection after the 2018 season. He has spent the past few years managing the situation without shutting down.
With Jansen sidelined, the Braves could use AJ Minter or Will Smith as closer.
Jansen posted 3.58 ERA while converting 20 of 24 savings opportunities this year. The veteran suffered one of his four saves against the Dodgers on Sunday, having been one stroke away from victory. The 370 saves are second among active shooters behind the Craig Kimbrel 385.
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