Kenley Jansen hospitalized for irregular heartbeat after save

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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.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.