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Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen appears to be over his early-spring right shoulder soreness

Mar 18, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen was shut down at the beginning of March because of soreness in his throwing shoulder, but the 32-year-old right-hander is pretty much back on track now.

According to MLB.com’s Adam Berry, Janssen tossed a round of live batting practice on Tuesday in Blue Jays camp and reported no issues with his right shoulder. He will take two days off before making his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

“Another step in the right direction,” Janssen told MLB.com on Tuesday afternoon. “Got the heart pumping a little bit, which was nice. I’m sure Friday’s going to be more of the same, hopefully a little bit more in the velocity department, just because there will be defenders behind me.”

Janssen dealt with a similar shoulder issue last spring and went to post an oustanding 2.56 ERA and 0.987 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings while racking up 34 saves. He is fully expected to be ready for Opening Day 2014.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    As Drew said, he also got off to a slow start to spring training last season and had a strong year. Meanwhile Toronto’s closer of the future, John Stilson, has pitched in 6.33 innings over 5 games and has yet to give up a run. Stilson will pitch this year in Triple A Buffalo.

  2. nbjays - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Since taking over the closer spot, Casey’s been pretty much a sure thing, with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP well under 1.00.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      a lot of good a closer does ya nbgays when your team never has the lead

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    The Jays have a closer? That’s kinda funny actually when you think about it, he must be the most underworked man in the world so why is his shoulder hurt? Funny stuff

    • Old Gator - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Sure, injuries are always funny stuff to you, dimwitted lowlife piece of garbage that you are.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        You really are old and stupid aren’t you? I didn’t find the injury funny moron I found it funny that he has an injury because the jays never need a closer. Now go take your meds and hit the sack! Or better yet don’t bother to wake up tomorrow

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:58 AM

        Sorry, slug – you can back and fill all you want but your lowlife proclivities are on naked display again. Your ineffectual attempts at viciousness in this last loathsome comment of yours are another dead giveaway about what you actually are. Trust me: as long as you’re here being your usual “loooooook at me, I’m not nearly as stupid, sociopathic and insignificant as I sound,” I’ll be here to point out why you are indeed stupid, sociopathic and insignificant..

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:01 AM

        Not my fault you do not know how to read and comprehend, that’s kinda sad at your age or any age above 10

  4. nbjays - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I love how harry’s posts always magically appear with one thumbs up… his own. Shows just how pathetic a troll and desperate for attention he really is.

    I assume (as always) that you didn’t read Drew’s post at all, or you’d have seen that Casey had 34 saves last year. Pretty good for the most underworked man in baseball… who, BTW, had better WHIP, HR, Hits, BB and Blown Save numbers than Mariano Rivera, and only 10 fewer saves in 15 fewer opportunities.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of a good crap flinging binge.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Lets see MO had a 1/2 run better ERA, pitched 12 more innings, walked less batters and pitched in more meaningful games because the Yanks were actually in the playoff hunt last year where as the jays were out of it since late april last season. But hey don’t let those big boy facts get in your way junior. Also with that said Casey did have a good year, last 3 years or so look pretty solid however the point of my post was the Jays suck so bad they really don’t need a good closer and that’s because they never have the lead late in the game so his shoulder should be well rested on a last place team. I wasn’t trying to make fun of an injury like old moron up there wanted to suggest just pointing out last place teams don’t really need a closer and if they have one he should be feeling great.

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:01 AM

        Keep straining to back over your last revelation of what a jerk you are. Your foot’s already stuck in that bucket, little guy.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        little guy? that’s not what your wife calls me

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Yep, classless all the way to the bottom, as always.

  5. blabidibla - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Janssen always seemed to be resting his shoulder for a few days here and there throughout last season. Got through it okay, but he makes me nervous.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      The starting rotation is what should make you really nervous unless of course the jays happen to move to the NL West tomorrow….

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        Realizing that you don’t matter to anyone except yourself is what ought to make you really nervous, dipwit. At least you finally showed some minimal dignity in refraining from thumbing yourself up – yet.

  6. theoldgreybeard - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    is there no way that this website can block a troll like Harry? God, I appreciate free speech but he’s cluttering up the whole website. C’mon nbc!

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