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Casey Janssen will make Grapefruit League debut Friday

Mar 20, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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The Jays should have their closer on Opening Day.

According to Gregor Chisholm of, righty Casey Janssen made it through a one-inning appearance in a minor league game on Wednesday without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. He has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday against the Red Sox and he should be a go for the start of the regular season if everything goes well from here on out.

Janssen registered an excellent 2.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 67/11 K/BB ratio across 63 2/3 innings last summer. The 31-year-old has a 3.60 career ERA and his K/9 has been on the rise for six consecutive seasons.

If something goes wrong for Janssen over these next 12 days, Sergio Santos will act as closer.

  1. nbjays - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Here’s hoping Casey stays healthy. He did a great job as closer last season, and I hope he continues.

  2. paperlions - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Is he using the force? That’s not fair.

  3. chaseutley - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Is Janssen part Jedi? (see picture) The Force is strong with this one.

  4. jaysjunkie - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Good news.

  5. chaseutley - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Whoops. Sorry about that, ‘lions. Saw the pic. Cracked up laughing. And posted without looking at the rest of the comments. Great minds think alike, I guess….. haha!

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