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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kenley Jansen had unusual reaction when heart problem flared up

Kenley Jansen

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has struggled to cope with heart issues in some recent trips to Colorado — so much so that his initial reaction to his most recent flare-up is probably not what you’d expect.

Jansen experienced tightness in his chest in both 2011 and 2012 in trips to Denver, and when it happened again in August, his first reaction wasn’t fear or alarm — it was, according to him, anger.

“I wasn’t scared. I knew exactly what it was,” Jansen recalled to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “I was pissed. I thought my season was over. I’m like, man, f— this. Not again. We’re trying to go back to the World Series. I have a chance to win another Trevor Hoffman award. Man!”

Annoyance describes Jansen’s mood the whole time, even in the ambulance trip to the hospital after dialing 911.

“I remember being annoyed in the ambulance too,” Jansen said. “It was driving so slow. I just wanted to get to the ER so they could fix it.”

It’s likely a somewhat unsettling reality when your reaction to a heart issue is resignation and frustration that it’s happening again. The issue is so significant that he won’t even be making the team’s next trip to Denver, despite its importance.

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