Casey Janssen RP WAS 9 Hrs

Janssen has a 4.50 ERA and 5:2 K:BB ratio through six innings this spring.

His role in the Nationals' bullpen isn't entirely clear yet, but given Janssen's late inning experience he will likely open the season as part of Drew Storen's set-up crew, and he could be first in line to get a crack at the closer job if Storen struggles. His lack of big strikeout numbers severely limits his fantasy value if he isn't getting saves, however.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 2 Months

Janssen signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Wednesday that includes a mutual option for 2016, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Although the veteran racked up 81 saves for the Blue Jays over the last three seasons, his average fastball velocity was below 90 for the first time in his career in 2014, leading to an increased ERA and WHIP with a lower strikeout rate. He could work his way into ninth inning duty in Washington if Drew Storen struggles, but most likely Janssen heads into spring training as part of the Nationals' set-up crew.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 7 Months

Janssen was battered again Friday night, allowing three runs on five hits while recording just one out to blow his 5th save of the season and take the loss in a 9-8 extra-innings loss to Boston.

Janssen has endured an absolutely miserable second half with a combination of poor location and bad luck, probably made worse by a balky shoulder he has pitched through all season. His ERA has ballooned to 4.38, and there is a good chance young Aaron Sanchez will see many of the save opportunities over the remainder of the year.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 7 Months

Janssen pitched a scoreless 10th inning to record his 21st save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win at Tampa Bay.

Rookie Aaron Sanchez, who had converted two of Toronto's previous three save chances, was not available after pitching consecutive games, so the team turned to Janssen on Thursday. He did allow a one-out walk, but retired two straight batters to nail down the save. While Janssen is being phased out of the closer role in favor of Sanchez, it appears the veteran righty could still get save opportunities moving forward, especially if Sanchez is unavailable. In any event, it might be prudent to hang on to Janssen until this situation gains a little more clarity.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 7 Months

With Aaron Sanchez picking up two of the last three save chances for the Blue Jays, it appears Janssen is being phased out of the closer's role, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Though manager John Gibbons said that Janssen would be his top ninth-inning option the next two days while Sanchez rests due to his recent high workload, the veteran closer openly acknowledged that he understands Gibbons' willingness to "ride the hot hand." After getting off to a great start upon returning from the DL in May, Janssen has seen his effectiveness wane since the All-Star break, supplying a 7.47 ERA over his 15.2 innings since that time. Meanwhile, Sanchez, a top starting pitching prospect who joined the Toronto bullpen in an effort by the organization to manage his innings, has emerged as the club's top reliever, and should continue to see further work in save situations. If he's not gathering saves, Janssen and his anemic strikeout rate present little utility as a middle reliever, where ratios drive most of the fantasy value.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 7 Months

Janssen will be unavailable out of the bullpen Monday against the Red Sox, Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner reports.

Janssen blew a save Saturday and nearly gave the game away Sunday before he was bailed out by Brett Cecil, but manager John Gibbons reiterated his support for the closer Monday. Instead, Janssen will just receive a rest due to his high workload of late, opening the door for either Cecil, Aaron Loup or Aaron Sanchez to pick up a save chance if one should materialize.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 8 Months

Janssen took his third blown save of the season, allowing three runs on four hits while retiring just two hitters in the Jays' 5-4 loss to Detroit on Friday night.

Uhe usually very reliable Janssen uses pinpoint control (he has walked just three all season) rather than overwhelming stuff to take out opposing hitters. He was throwing strikes again, but he wasn't locating them and the Tigers took advantage. He served up a lead-off double, then back-to-back home runs to relinquish a 4-2 lead before another double sent him to the showers. He's been a bit more vulnerable the past couple of weeks, but barring an undisclosed injury, he should still have plenty of job security.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 8 Months

Casey Janssen earned his 16th save of 2014 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Janssen was called on to protect Toronto's one-run lead after Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander did so effortlessly, retiring all three batters he faced -- one via strikeout. Janssen has a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings this season.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 8 Months

Casey Janssen (illness) will be available out of the Blue Jays' bullpen Sunday.

Janssen has been battling a stomach bug of late but was able to keep some foot down Saturday night and reported feeling much better Sunday. Toronto's closer boasts a 1.23 ERA with 14 saves in 16 chances this season.

Casey Janssen RP WAS 8 Months

Casey Janssen was unavailable Saturday versus the Rangers due to an illness.

Janssen lost seven or more pounds due to this sickness. The Blue Jays' closer believes it was because of something he ate in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break. Aaron Loup filled in for him Saturday and picked up the save.