The Atlanta Braves activated star closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day injured list before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the New York Mets.
Jansen was placed on the IL last month because of an irregular heartbeat. The three-time All-Star underwent corrective heart surgery in November 2018 — his second procedure — after a recurrence of the irregular heartbeat prompted him to be admitted into a Denver hospital. He initially underwent a cardiac ablation in 2012.
Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday in the Braves’ 7-3 loss to the Mets, which dropped Atlanta to 2½ games behind first-place New York.
Jansen, 34, has a 3.48 ERA and 20 saves — the third-most in the National League — in 33 games this season, his first with the Braves.
To create a spot for Jansen on their active roster, the Braves placed right-handed reliever Darren O’Day on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained left calf muscle.