Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers' young strikeout prodigy out of the bullpen, went on the DL with muscle problems last year. Sounds like a typical thing until you realize that the muscle in question was his heart, as he went on the DL with cardiac arrhythmia last July. And on Friday, he's at the doctor's again, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Kenley Jansen at doctor because of possibly fluttering heart. Had shortness of breath last night.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) March 9, 2012
This would be worrisome for anybody -- pitcher, teacher, or plumber -- but considering the strenuous (and adrenaline-filled) nature of Jansen's job, it's especially worrisome for a problem like this to occur. Last year, Jansen had this to say about his condition:
"It's a little frustrating, but I have to take care of my health first because without my health, I couldn't do anything,'' Jansen said. "I really want to be out there pitching, but I can't do it right now. It's too dangerous.''
With tendon or hamstring issues, it's understandable to wonder how this will affect a player's ability to play baseball. With this, it's first an issue of thinking hoping that the human being in question is all right. Best of luck to Kenley.