Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Jansen's Ready to Close Again
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Jansen's Ready to Close Again

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

Jose Abreu

The White Sox had hoped to welcome back Abreu over the weekend but delayed the return until Monday. Abreu missed time after undergoing a "lower abdominal procedure," though the team has since revealed it was related to testicular torsion. The injury is as unpleasant as it sounds. Each testicle is suspended by the spermatic cord that surrounds a multitude of structures like blood vessels and nerves. In testicular torsion, the spermatic cord becomes impinged due to twisting of its attached testicle. The impingement blocks the blood supply to the testicle, resulting in swelling and pain. If left untreated, the affected individual can actually lose the testicle. Fortunately, Chicago's medical team reacted quickly, and doctors were able to preserve Abreu's testicle. While the problem is unsettling to say the least, there are little long-term effects to be worried about, and Abreu should be fine moving forward.

Kenley Jansen

The Dodgers' closer is expected to return to his ninth-inning role when the team heads to Cincinnati. Jansen did not travel with the club during their recent series in Colorado. Coors Field is the stadium in which Jansen first reported problems linked to an irregular heartbeat. Doctors recommended that Jansen not return to the scene of the crime because high altitude can impact someone with an arrhythmia. Jansen remains a must-start but has struggled a bit since returning from the DL. He blamed some of his issues on his new medication though he had appeared to turn a corner before sitting

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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