MLB notebook: Jansen (irregular heartbeat) cleared, activated

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was cleared to resume pitching Monday and reinstated by the team after missing nearly two weeks due to an irregular heartbeat.

Aug 7, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) throws against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at Oakland Coliseum. John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

After meeting with a cardiologist on Monday, Jansen told reporters that he was off blood thinners, according to ESPN. The right-hander added, “I’m ready to go. … I don’t need to be babied.”

Jansen was activated from the disabled list ahead of the team’s Monday night home game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In a corresponding move, the team placed left-hander Zac Rosscup on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left calf.

Jansen, 30, said last week that he might need a second heart surgery in the offseason to address atrial fibrillation. He underwent a catheter ablation in 2012 to deal with the issue.

—Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria was taken to a local hospital before the team’s road game against the Minnesota Twins after complaining of lightheadedness.

Renteria, in his second season as White Sox manager, was at Target Field when he began feeling lightheaded. Soon after, he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

MLB Notebook: Jansen (irregular Heartbeat) Cleared, Activated
Aug 5, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria (17) looks on during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox later announced that tests revealed no serious issues for Renteria, and the team said he may return to the stadium during the evening’s game if he felt well enough. Team announcers Jason Benetti and Steve Stone said during the game’s telecast that Renteria texted an update from the hospital, explaining that he was feeling fine. Bench coach Joe McEwing handled Chicago’s managerial duties.

—The Baltimore Orioles placed designated hitter Mark Trumbo on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

The Orioles also reinstated Adam Jones from the bereavement list and recalled outfielder John Andreoli from Triple-A Norfolk.

Trumbo has been bothered by his right knee for much of the season. He told reporters after Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians that he has good days and bad days, but added, “Most days are pretty rough, though.”

—Howard “Doc” Edwards, who played catcher for four major league teams and then managed the Cleveland Indians for three seasons, died in San Angelo, Texas, at age 81. No details of a cause of death were included when his family announced his death.

Edwards replaced Pat Corrales as the Indians’ manager during the 1987 season, and the club went 30-45 under his watch, finishing seventh (last) in the American League East.

He posted a 78-84 record in 1988 as Cleveland came in sixth in the division. The Indians were 65-78 and in sixth again when he was fired late in the 1989 season, replaced on an interim basis by John Hart.

MLB Notebook: Jansen (irregular Heartbeat) Cleared, Activated
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—The Seattle Mariners reinstated infielder Jean Segura from the paternity list and recalled outfielder Ben Gamel from Triple-A Tacoma.

Segura was placed on the paternity list on Friday.

Seattle optioned outfielder Guillermo Heredia (.217/.295/.308, four homers, 14 RBIs) to Tacoma and right-handed reliever Matt Festa (0-0, 3.28 ERA) to Double-A Arkansas.

—The San Francisco Giants recalled right-hander Derek Law from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned right-hander Ray Black to the minor league affiliate.

Law has an 8.74 ERA with a 0-0 record in six relief appearances this season for the Giants.

Black was 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 16 relief appearances for San Francisco.

—The Pirates recalled left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis, and he threw two scoreless innings Monday in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Pirates optioned lefty reliever Buddy Boshers (1-0, 4.89 ERA in 38 games) to Indianapolis to make room on the roster.

—Field Level Media

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