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Kenley Jansen will undergo another heart procedure after season

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Last month, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen missed two weeks due to an irregular heartbeat. He underwent an ablation procedure and was put on blood thinners. Jansen returned to the team on August 20 but did not travel with the team for its recently completed three-game series in Colorado due to the high altitude.

Sportsnet LA’s Alanna Rizzo reports that Jansen’s cardiologist is 100 percent certain that the right-hander will undergo another procedure on his heart approximately two weeks after the end of the season, whenever that might be. Rizzo also notes that Jansen is back with the team to finish out a road trip with three games in Cincinnati and three games in St. Louis.

Jansen, 30, has put together another strong season, saving 34 games with a 2.89 ERA and a 71/15 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings. He struggled initially after returning from the disabled list, yielding runs in four consecutive appearances between August 20-28 but has since turned in four consecutive scoreless outings.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.