Right-hander Kenley Jansen, who missed three weeks down the stretch with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a heart procedure on Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital.
According to the Dodgers, Jansen had ablation surgery to restore his heart’s rhythm. He’s expected to go home Wednesday, and he’ll be able to resume physical activity in 7-10 days.
Jansen had a 2.35 ERA and 25 saves as the Dodgers’ closer this season, though he didn’t get his job back after returning for the final two weeks of the season. One of the league’s most dominant relievers when he’s on, he struck out 99 and allowed just 33 hits in 65 innings of work. There’s a good chance he’ll be restored to the closer’s role next year, though since the Dodgers don’t lack for funds, it’s possible someone more experienced could be brought in, with Jansen then serving as an eighth-inning guy.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.