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Kenley Jansen activated as Josh Lindblom returns to minors

August 24, 2011 |  3:15 pm

Kenley-jansen_250 One month after he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat, Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen (pictured at left) is headed back to the majors.

Following their 9-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, the Dodgers announced they were reinstating Jansen from the disabled list and optioning Josh Lindblom back to double-A Chattanooga.

Jansen made two perfect rehab appearances with Class A Rancho Cucamonga this week, a few days after he was taken off blood thinners.

In two innings at Rancho Cucamonga, Jansen struck out four and did not allow a hit.

Jansen gave the Dodgers a scare on July 26 when, after a seven-pitch save, he complained his heart was fluttering. He was taken to a local hospital where his heart was shocked back into its proper rhythm.

He was placed on blood thinners to avoid the possibility of blood clots. He was able to pitch on the side in an effort to keep his arm strong the past month, but because he was on the blood thinners, was not allowed to face batters.

Jansen is 1-1 with two saves and a 3.65 earned-run average. He has 61 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched, and is unscored upon in his last 14 outings.

Lindblom was 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 games but had only 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. Lindblom can be called  up when rosters are expanded Sept. 1.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

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