Braves’ Jansen on IL with heart problems

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen was put on the 15-day injured list Tuesday because of an irregular heartbeat, the latest heart-related issue in the veteran right-hander’s career.

The move was made retroactive to Monday when Jansen felt discomfort, manager Brian Snitker said.

In November 2018, Jansen underwent a cardiac ablation, a procedure to restore normal heart rhythm. He was first diagnosed with irregular heartbeat issues in 2011 and had an ablation the next year.

The 34-year-old Jansen signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Braves in the offseason. He has gone 4-0 with a 3.58 ERA while converting 20 of 24 save opportunities.

A three-time All-Star, Jansen is second among active pitchers with 370 career saves.

Snitker expects to use the combination of left-handers A.J. Minter and Will Smith to close games in Jansen’s absence. They are a combined 2 for 7 in save opportunities this year.

Snitker also said star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. remained in Atlanta for treatment on his bruised left foot. Acuna is day-to-day and could arrive in Philadelphia as early as for Wednesday night’s game.

Acuna fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning and later exited Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Dodgers. He sat out Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Los Angeles. X-rays and an MRI showed no fracture.

Surgery for Harper

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will have surgery today to repair his broken left thumb and the team hopes the 2021 NL MVP can play again this season.

Manager Rob Thomson did not offer a timetable for Harper’s return on Tuesday, only saying he hoped Philadelphia’s franchise player would return down the stretch.

Harper’s thumb was broken when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS, and has helped the Phillies recently surge back into playoff contention.

The wait goes on

NEW YORK — New York Mets ace Max Scherzer had his minor league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton pushed back a day to today, but New York manager Buck Showalter says there has been no setback in his recovery from a strained oblique.

Scherzer will be pitching on seven days of rest after his first rehab start with the Rumble Ponies on June 21. Over the weekend, New York dashed speculation that the three-time Cy Young Award winner would be ready to return for Sunday’s game in Miami.

Showalter said the Mets decided Monday that Scherzer should pitch today instead, citing discussions with Scherzer about how he felt and general caution with the nature of his injury.


n Angels reliever Archie Bradley broke a bone in his elbow while climbing over the dugout railing during Los Angeles’ massive brawl with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Bradley will be out for at least one month, Angels athletic trainer Mike Frostad said. Bradley won’t start a throwing program for four weeks while his elbow heals. His injury is the second to result from the lengthy fracas at Angel Stadium: Mariners catcher Luis Torrens went on the 10-day injured list with a sore left shoulder. Bradley slipped and fell off the railing when the brouhaha broke out in the second inning.


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