Completing his second heart surgery in six years, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said Monday in a brief video that he is "doing good" and included a Twitter message sent from his hospital bed.
"Guys, I'm fine," Jansen said in a video that accompanied the tweet. "The anesthesia is finally out of my system. I'm doing good. Enjoying the Christmas spirit. We'll see you guys soon in 2019, stronger than ever."
Jansen's ablation surgery, performed by Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee in Los Angeles, "went as expected," according to the National League champions, who expect their top reliever to be "ready for spring training and available on Opening Day."
The procedure for the ablation -- which involves scarring or destroying tissue that sends incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm -- was anticipated after Jansen was admitted to a Denver hospital on Aug. 9 with the recurrence of an irregular heartbeat.
Initially placed on blood thinners, Jansen returned to the Dodgers and started taking heart medication. After feeling the effects, he started receiving a lighter dosage while his EKG levels were monitored daily.
Jansen had some struggles on the field in 2018 but still finished with 38 saves and a 3.01 ERA. In the postseason, he notched a combined three saves and a 0.00 ERA through the NL Division Series and the NL Championship Series, but he blew save chances to the Boston Red Sox in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series.
He is not expected to begin any physical activity for two to eight weeks, but it's anticipated that there will be enough time for Jansen to get back in shape before the start of spring training.
--Field Level Media
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