Kenley Jansen needed just seven pitches to close out a 3-2 win Tuesday night, striking out two of the three batters he faced to continue an amazingly dominant stretch, but afterward the Dodgers reliever was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat.
According to trainer Stan Conte doctors used cardio conversion to shock his heart back into a normal rhythm and he remained in the hospital last night for further observation.
Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after the game, at which point the training staff gave him an in-ballpark EKG and drove him to the hospital, with Conte telling Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times: “Any time you have an irregular heartbeat, we treat it pretty seriously.”
It sounds like Jansen could be cleared to resume pitching as soon as this weekend. He’s been nearly unhittable since returning from a shoulder injury in mid-June, throwing 16 shutout innings with 26 strikeouts and a .059 opponents’ batting average.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.
OXON HILL, MD — Rays manager Kevin Cash got a good dig in on the Red Sox’ newest pitcher this morning.
Sale, as you likely remember, made headlines in July when he was suspended for five games and fined after shredding the White Sox’ 1977 throwback jerseys with a razor blade because he thought they were uncomfortable and didn’t want to wear them. The uniforms Sale destroyed cost the club $12,000.
Sale is with the Red Sox now, of course, and as a new division rival, Cash was asked to comment on Boston’s acquisition of the lefty. Here’s what he said:
Q. What was your first reaction yesterday when you saw or heard what Boston did?
CASH: No, it helped — our marketing department can now figure out when to do throwback jersey day, so we’re good.