UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.”
Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing similar symptoms.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jansen “had shortness of breath last night” and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that he “had a recurrence of heart palpitations.”
Last year Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 victory on July 26. He was released from the hospital two days later, but didn’t pitch again until August 26. And then he was unhittable down the stretch, throwing 17 innings with a 1.08 ERA and ridiculous 35/5 K/BB ratio and .127 opponents’ batting average.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”