Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Announces He Has Tested Positive For COVID-19 – NBC Los Angeles


Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star closest Kenley Jansen showed up at camp for the first time on Sunday and announced in a conference call with reporters that he had been delayed in his statement at camp because ‘he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Jansen said he believed he had contracted the virus from his son, Kaden. He said that Kaden had symptoms, including a fever over 102 degrees, and that his wife had suggested that all family members be tested for COVID-19. Jansen said that his two children and his wife, Gianni, were positive at the start, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he also tested positive.

Jansen has had a history of heart problems, having previously been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. He said his doctor considered him “moderate risk” and immediately followed a strict low-sodium diet without dairy products to lower his blood pressure.

Despite his previous problems and being considered “moderate risk” by a cardiologist, Jansen said he had never considered retiring from the 2020 season.

“I never had that consideration,” he said. “I always wanted to play. I love this game. I wanted to do it for the fans. We are all going through a difficult time right now together. This can be a good thing not only for Dodger fans, but also for baseball fans. all over the world to have something to watch on TV. ”

According to Major League Baseball protocols, Jansen had two negative tests in more than 24 hours in order to be allowed to appear at the Dodgers’ summer camp at Dodger Stadium. He added that he had tested positive for the first time just over three weeks ago, but that he did not want the team to make the news public out of respect for his teammates.

“I told the training staff that I wanted to keep a little bit of confidentiality,” said Jansen. “I didn’t want it to be a distraction. I wanted my guys [teammates] for preparing. ”

Jansen said he was “getting better now” and was excited to come back to play baseball and around his teammates. However, he warned the public to take the coronavirus seriously.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hinted earlier this week that Jansen may have the coronavirus. He told reporters that he had spoken to Jansen and that “he was in a good mood and felt good”. Neither Roberts nor the team is specifically authorized to report a COVID-19 injury to a player after a positive test under the rules of MLB.

Roberts added to that on Sunday saying it was “the story to tell” of Jansen. Roberts has announced plans for the merger with just 11 days before opening day. Roberts said Jansen is scheduled to make four intrasquad scrum appearances before the regular season begins on July 23.

Before practicing Sunday, Jansen had sent a message to everyone about their experience with coronaviruses.

“It’s real,” said Jansen. “Everyone in the world, take it seriously. Wear your mask at all times, if you can. Because, believe me, it happens so quickly. Once my son figured it out, I saw how quickly it can spread. We tried to do everything, but we all have it in the house. “


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