Casey Janssen, the closer for the Toronto Blue Jays, is the next in a long line of pitchers to be put on the disabled list to start the 2014 season. Janssen was diagnosed with a strain in his left abdomen and lower back.
This latest diagnosis is another blow to Janssen who wasn’t able to fully participate in spring training due to shoulder soreness. The 32-year old right-hander pitched in just three exhibition game giving up four hits and an earned run in just three innings of work.
Blue Jay’s manager Alex Anthopoulos said that the right hander Sergio Santos will take over the closer role in Janssen’s absence, which isn’t expected to be lengthy. He told the National Post simply,
“We don’t expect him to be out too long.”
In 2013, Janssen was 4-1 with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA. Janssen has spent his entire seven-year career so far with the Blue Jays. He has a total of 65 career saves and a career ERA of 3.48.
Catcher Eric Kratz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Janssen on the roster.