Saturday, May 23, 2009

Janssen returns tonight for first time since '07

It has seemed like an eternity since Casey Janssen last pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, it has been. Janssen hasn't pitched in a regular season game in over 600 days, and has not started a game since way back in 2006. Janssen returns to the starting rotation tonight against the Atlanta Braves.

It's been a long road back from injury for the 27 year old. In spring 2008, he suffered a torn labrum, missing the entire campaign. Just when he was destined to break camp and head north this year, he felt tightness in his back below his shoulder, causing another set back. In five minor league starts since rehab, he has given up just 2 runs in 23 and 2/3 innings, for a sensational ERA of 0.76.

The timing couldn't be better for his return. He did a very good job as a rookie starter in 2006 before tailing off a bit toward the end of the season, and was phenomenal as Toronto's set-up man in 2007, so to Janssen back in the fold will be a welcome addition for an already stout pitching staff.

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