DENVER -- Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning Friday night and did not figure into the decision in the Dodgers' 7-5, 10-inning win, but it was still quite a milestone for the 25-year-old Dodgers reliever.
His most recent appearance at Coors Field was shaky in more ways than one. He allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Aug. 27, then was rushed to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat that led to offseason heart surgery.
Jansen had ablation surgery to identify abnormal tissue in his heart and cauterized it to stop the abnormal electrical signals sent from this area to his heart.
"I've been thinking about coming back here for a week," Jansen said. "It's scary, but I know I'm fixed, so I just have to put it out of my mind."
Jansen was pleased to report he did not experience lightheadedness, rapid breathing or any of the symptoms he had last year.
"I didn't think about it during the game, but after the game, I wondered how I'd feel," he said. "I was totally fine. My heart rate was normal. You never know with the altitude. And doctors told me that some football players that have the surgery still have trouble at altitude and can't play anymore. So sometimes you worry a little bit, but I'm fine."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less