PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 13: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers closes out the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on August 13, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Kenley Jansen hopes to be pitching again by the middle of the month, though surgery awaits his heart condition.
Jansen hasn’t pitched since Aug. 27 in Colorado, when he once again suffered an irregular heartbeat.
After consulting with another heart specialist Tuesday, the Dodgers announced he would remain on blood thinners another 10 days, and hopes to be able to pitch again by Sept. 17, which is an off day.
The heart surgery Jansen is considering is called cardiac ablation, according to Dilbeck, a procedure that would see a small catheter inserted through a vein and to the heart. This would allow an electrical charge to be disbursed that would be intended to destroy the problem areas impacting Jansen's heart.
Jansen said the surgery is intriguing as it would allow him to "be off the medicine."
Prior to his heart issues, Jansen had maintained an ERA of 2.54 with 13.7 SO/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over fifty-six appearances for the Dodgers this season.