Kenley Jansen said he didn’t even think about it. After that scare in Denver with his blood pressure rising and memories flooding back about his former irregular heartbeat, Jansen said he took to the mound Saturday without it even crossing his mind.
And then he promptly retired the Cardinals in order to save the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory.
“I didn’t think about it at all,” Jansen said. “Every day I come in and they check it [blood pressure] and see if it’s low. It’s been great so far. I feel great. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing.”
On Saturday, he got Jon Jay and Kolten Wong on a couple of pop-ups and then struck out Matt Holiday looking after he’d fouled off five consecutive pitches. Jansen had his sixth save and all that worry and apprehension from Tuesday seemed light-years away.
Jansen, who missed the first six weeks of the season after spring foot surgery, said he’s confident that he is all the way back.
“I think I’m there,” he said. “I’m feeling really good throwing the ball. Everything feels great, been locating really well and doing the job. So good, so far.”
Jansen has not allowed a run this season in his seven appearances (seven innings), striking out 12. So maybe he did just go out there Saturday, already feeling like Denver was a lifetime ago.
“I’ve been feeling good so I just go do what I’m supposed to do and help the team win,” he said.