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Braves closer Kenley Jansen on IL with irregular heartbeat

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Jun 12, 2022; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves placed closer Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with an irregular heartbeat.

The move is retroactive to Monday for the 34-year-old right-hander, who had heart procedures in 2012 and 2018.

A three-time All-Star during 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jansen signed a one-year, $16 million deal with Atlanta in March.

He is 4-0 with 20 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 32 appearances this season, with 47 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. He has blown four saves, however, including Sunday night’s 5-3 loss to his former Dodgers teammates.

Jansen had a cardiac ablation procedure in 2012 and underwent corrective heart surgery in November 2018, three months after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat.

Jansen is 41-26 with a 2.43 ERA and 370 career saves, second among active players and 10th on the all-time list.

The Braves could hand the closer duties to Will Smith or fellow left-hander A.J. Minter.

In a corresponding transaction Tuesday, Atlanta recalled right-hander Jesus Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett. He has a 1.50 ERA and no decisions in six relief appearances with the Braves this season.

–Field Level Media