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After shoulder surgery Sergio Santos “is ready for spring training” and may be Blue Jays’ closer

Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Last year around this time the Blue Jays acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox to be their long-term closer, but he ended up being shut down in April before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

In his absence Casey Janssen emerged as the Blue Jays’ closer, saving 22 games with a 2.54 ERA, but Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star writes that “Santos is ready for spring training, with a chance, if healthy, to reclaim the closer’s role.”

Regardless of which role he’d fill getting a healthy Santos back would be huge for a team that beefed up its roster in a major way this offseason. In two seasons with the White Sox the converted infielder threw 115 innings with a 3.29 ERA, .219 opponents’ batting average, and 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    this guy will be bringing a gas can to the mound in the 9th inning! Get ready for another 4th place finish toronto

    • cur68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Happy New Year, ‘harry. I’m betting your predictive skillz are as good as your spelling & punctuation skillz.

    • thegoods68 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Guarantee this guy is a classic fan who (up until Jays big blockbuster with Miami) thought the Jays left the league in the 90’s, mistaking them for the Expos. I’ve met various people (usually from Chicago) who actually know NOTHING about the Blue Jays

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Harry is not a classic fan. He is a classic troll. He has been dumping on the Jays on this site and on the old MSNBC message board for years.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        what would you like to know about the jays? 20 years without any postseason? 20 years of terrible player decisions? 20 years of lousy attendance? Or how they got robbed in the David Cone trade? You let me know and i will tell you

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        As I said, Harry, (also known as Herbie on the old MSNBC board) gets his kicks out of being a classic troll. He is referring to an old trade in which the Jays traded a second base prospect named Jeff Kent for David Cone. Cone, of course was the final ingredient that gave the Jays a World Series win. The Jays could afford to trade Kent because he was being blocked by a kid named Roberto Alomar. You may have heard of Alomar as he is in the HOF. A while ago, Harry tried out a different moniker on this board, but alas he got tired of being a canned ham, and reverted to Dirty Harry.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:55 AM

        #1 i only write under this one name son #2 Kent for Cone? i never even heard of that trade, im talking about that 1995 trade the jays did with the Yanks for cone, can’t believe you were not even close on that one!! #3 i have no problem with Robbie being in the HOF, personally i believe he belongs there.

        As I said, Harry, (also known as Herbie on the old MSNBC board) gets his kicks out of being a classic troll. He is referring to an old trade in which the Jays traded a second base prospect named Jeff Kent for David Cone. Cone, of course was the final ingredient that gave the Jays a World Series win. The Jays could afford to trade Kent because he was being blocked by a kid named Roberto Alomar. You may have heard of Alomar as he is in the HOF. A while ago, Harry tried out a different moniker on this board, but alas he got tired of being a canned ham, and reverted to Dirty Harry.

    • dmcmillan2286 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Funny little miserable troll!

      Better get your cheapshots in while you can dirty: you’ll be gagging soon enough while eating your words once the Jays starting winning.

      Happy New Year dirty boy.

  2. bjbeliever - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    tons of potential but afraid will be a repeat of brandon league, couldnt use him in the 9th – would light your jersey on fire with his heat, but control it not so much. Would love to see this guy show some consistency and have a year though.

  3. 13arod - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    use him in the 8th for a coupke of weeks and if he does good make him your closer

  4. tc4306 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Janssen did a good job in the closer’s role last season. If healthy, the job will be his coming out of spring training. If Casey falters, Santos will get his shot. But it is Janssen’s job to lose.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Must be a slow news day. Aaron had to go to a story published on Friday, to find something to write about. Griffin’s story itself was filler as he had to write something for Friday, so he decided to write about closers.

  6. losanginsight - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Santos has a fresh arm and will be the stud that the Jays traded for

  7. Brandon @pumpedupjays - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Let’s hope so. I agree with tc4306. The job should be Janssen’s to lose. Santos can make for a great set-up man I hope.

  8. jaybird22seven - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Dirtyharry1971, next time you spell Toronto make sure you use a Capitol T. Show some respect goof !!!!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      i would never show the country of cowards “any” respect. Im tired of how we have to carry your asses in this world

      • bjbeliever - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Ya well what ever it is you cowboys feel your doing to “carry us”, please feel free to stop.

  9. jaybird22seven - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Country of cowards eh? That doesn’t mean much coming from a country of killing asses. You must be so proud. What’s it like to be hated all over the world?

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