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Blue Jays take struggling Sergio Santos out of the closer’s role

May 3, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Sportsnet’s Barry Davis reports that the Blue Jays have taken reliever Sergio Santos out of the closer’s role and will rely on a closer-by-committee until Casey Janssen returns from the disabled list. Santos has allowed three runs in his two most recent outings, blowing saves both times. Santos currently owns a 10.61 ERA with a 17/9 K/BB ratio and three home runs allowed in 9 1/3 innings.

With Janssen still on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil are expected to be the top two candidates for save opportunities in the meantime.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    It looks as if Loup will be the closer until Janssen returns. I would have designated Santos for assignment. He would look great in a Yankee or Red Sox uniform.

    • nbjays - May 4, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Loup was very Santos-like in his relief appearance tonight. Not looking good for him in the closer role, either.

      • proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 6:08 AM

        McGowan would be the best option to close; however he is still in the rotation. Loup struggled; however was terrific in his previous game. On big difference this season compared to last is that Pat Hentgen is not the bullpen coach. When Hentgen was coaching the bullpen was terrific. Unfortunately, he resigned from the job for family reasons.

  2. drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Maybe they should put their manager on the DL.

    • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      It wasn’t the manager who gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th yesterday

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